A member of the federal railway police is said to have tried to bribe some customs officers in the port of Antwerp. The man had auctioned a million euros to gain access to a container containing several hundred kilograms of cocaine. He has been arrested.
Dirk Coosemans, Jarit Taelman and Sam Reyntjens
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AE (48) has worked for the federal railway police in Brussels for 21 years. According to what we learned, he and his entourage checked with several customs officers in the port of Antwerp to help him gain access to a container.
He would have offered them about a million euros. The bribery attempts failed, the man was arrested and questioned by the Central Office for Combating Corruption (CDBC). There were also searches at his home and office.
Several hundred kilograms of cocaine were hidden in the container. The Brussels public prosecutor’s office is scant with commentary. “A police officer has been charged with public bribery. He was placed under arrest warrant on September 15, which has been confirmed by the council chamber,” said spokeswoman Willemien Baert. According to our information, AE did not want to make any statement to the investigating judge. His lawyer also declined to comment.
The federal judicial police have warned several times that the drug mafia is trying to infiltrate the port of Antwerp. They not only target key positions at port companies, but also try to gain a foothold within customs and justice. New customs officers are now extensively screened with the so-called morality screening, which goes far beyond screening a criminal record.