Bulgarian authorities arrested 14 customs officers working at the bridge across the Danube with Romania, accused of requesting money from foreigners who were outside the EU, Novinite informs. The National Bulgarian Radio declared that some of the customs officers requested different sums in dollars.
Other officers accepted bribes in euro and if foreigners did not have euro they would urge them to exchange their currency in euro. Bulgarian authorities said that if foreigners refused to pay up, customs officers searched their cars, taking cigarettes, alcoholic drinks or other products they found.
Bulgarian Interior minister Tvetanov declared that 10 customs officers were temporary arrested for 72 hours while 4 were released on bail.