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Embassy staff suspected of taking bribes

The Local · 11 Jun 2011, 10:58

Published: 11 Jun 2011 10:58 GMT+02:00

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A diplomat was arrested on May 21 on suspicion of selling visas for Germany to people from Afghanistan. The 40-year old had been head of Germany's visa office in the Gulf state of Dubai.

Investigators are now also looking at some 20 different cases in embassies and consulates in 12 different countries, although they say that there is no indication yet that these cases are related to that of the diplomat.

According to Der Spiegel magazine, for the past four years the career diplomat had allegedly been issuing visas to Afghan citizens, based on fake documents provided by a company based in the Emirates. Dubai airport is an important transit stop for Afghans who want to travel to Europe.

The price for each visa was up to $3,000 in cash. The man was arrested while on leave in Berlin and his alleged client, an Afghan business man, was arrested in Hamburg.

The Berlin State Prosecutors Office has confirmed that they are now looking into 20 cases relating to the issuing of visas. The charges are bribery, corruption and human trafficking.

There are thought to have been irregularities at German diplomatic missions in 12 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Egypt, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

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A spokesperson for the prosecutors said that there were dozens of suspects, most of whom were locally employed workers at German embassies and consulates.

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16:30 June 11, 2011 by key79
Similar things, smaller scale though could have been heard from people applying for visas in German Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Similar could apply for Goethe Institute in the same country and their system of announcing German Language scholarships practicaly nowhere with teachers distributing pretty meagre piece of paper which indicates all but transparent procedure.
17:20 June 11, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Sounds like they need to bolster oversight and rotate duties for both career diplomatic staff and those employed from the local populace. Good anti-fraud techniques.
17:23 June 11, 2011 by Englishted
And Germany is angry because Denmark may tighten the border ?.
18:43 June 11, 2011 by Sysconfig
No Germany is Angry because the Danes are bombing in Libya making forcing thousands immigrants who deprived of livelihood make their way to Germany, France, and elswhere,..Understandably, I would hide behind a wall too.

Danes..Tear Down That Wall!! :}

On the Bribery, they are really "Tips".. Tips come from the word < To Insure Prompt Service> and generally applied to all public sector and pvt sector transactions. For some curious reason..they seem to work. As any Congress, or PM or MP..they will corroborate this, off the record of course.
19:25 June 11, 2011 by Englishted

What do you want to leave Muammar al-Qaddafi to kill his own people ?,

and the rest of the middle east should we just stand back and let it happen as we did in the Bulkans ?.

"tear down the wall " and you will be sorry is the silent end to that quote.
19:27 June 11, 2011 by FIUMAN
Danmark is fighting for freedom. Germany is avoiding its historic responsibility to oppose dictatorships in both word AND DEED. German has not yet made up for the damage and murder it inflicted on the world in the 20th century and until such time as it does so it ought to be first in the fight against totalitarian regimes.

As to the corruption. 20 cases is a drop in the bucket. Go to any German city or town and you will find entire sections of town filled with people who are not integrating to German society, are clearly not present in Germany to become German, so how and why did they come???
19:50 June 11, 2011 by 9900lawre
17:23 June 11, 2011 by Englishted. And Germany is angry because Denmark may tighten the border?

EnglishTed i agree with you on your first comment.

Clearly a need for border controls if some member states are leaving the back doors open.
23:11 June 11, 2011 by Sysconfig
@Englishted I understand your feelings, truly I do.. and I am quite certain we are actually very much on the same page on many things. If we say we recognize the importance Borders, language , and culture. something I take VERY seriously as well..then we must respect the borders, culture sovereignty of others, even iif it seems alien to us. The methodology used recently, in Libya, a suspension and an adhoc assumption of a power to declare another illegitimate, while at the same time confiscating its resources is an extremely dangerous proposition, and I would argue illegal and immoral, while tolerating massacres in Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, elsewhere, nodding as Saudis went into Bahrain, and just point fingers in fake dismay, or look the other way. No Fly Zones for them, while this happens..

Yes, I am in VERY much favor of Language, Borders, and Culture.

I am glad the Bribees got caught., and hope no one interprted me as saying it was ok...its not..

13:19 June 12, 2011 by Englishted

Fair enough, it is all about getting ideas out in public.

Glad you understand where I'm coming from.

18:27 June 13, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Bribes in government administration? issuing false visas? What else is new.
20:55 June 13, 2011 by whpmgr
FUIMAN: You are an idiot. Germany of the 1930's and 40's is almost gone. Those that are responsible have been cuaght and disciplined, found not guilty or escaped judgement by man, but not, I am glad to say, by thier maker. So Germany has paid, and is paying (ask the israelis who may still be getting their annual money). I am not in favor of what was done, but the truth is that the Germany you are talking about is done. The Swiss are still in custody of money and gold, and treasures...why not go after them? They have gotten away clean and with their integrity in tact, even though they helped finance the Germans and railroaded and stole property from the German and other country's Jewish and political prisoners.

As for Lybia, what the F.... MOamar still has a great deall of support from Lybians and is not seen as so bad by many if not most of his subjects. No one seemed to care until a bunch of radicals decided to wage war, knowing the left wing nuts would support them in the name of democracy. When they raise the Islamist radical flag, and start punnishing women for being educated, start getting rid of freedoms we accept as god given, then they will be too late to do anything about their mistakes, or maybe they will be happy another land fell to extremists.
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