As of Monday, Kosovo’s state prosecutor has announced the arrests of 48 police officers and two customs officers on suspicion of accepting bribes in exchange for admitting illegitimate imports.
The border crossings with Albania in the southwest of the nation were where the officers were detained.
During a news conference with the state prosecutor, police inspector Kushtrim Hodaj stated, “Those detained are alleged to be involved in more than 400 instances in illegal activities of receiving bribes and abuse of official duties.”
It was reported by Hodaj that an additional 18 persons are still on the loose, and they are accused of taking kickbacks. He described them as primarily Albanians, and said that Kosovo is now requesting information from Tirana’s authorities.
When drivers complained about traffic cops soliciting them for payments, a four-month corruption probe resulted to the arrest of roughly 60 police personnel in the small Balkan country in 2016. Foreign investment in the Balkans has been hindered by corruption and organised crime.