Six Italian police officers who issued residency permits to migrants in return for bribes of several thousand Euros have been arrested.
According to the ANSA news agency, Four of the officers were jailed, two were placed under house arrest, and two “intermediaries” were also arrested.
The policemen worked in the migration office of the Milanese police but, prior to their arrest, had already been moved to other departments as suspicions arose about their conduct. They are alleged to have accepted bribes ranging from 500 to 5,000 Euros (595 to 5,950 dollars) for long-term residency permits, which could eventually lead to Italian citizenship. Investigations documented over a hundred cases of corruption from 2013 to 2016, and stemmed from the arrest last year of another allegedly corrupt member of the police’s migration office.
The police officer who was apprehended in November 2016 was said to have started selling residence permits to migrants in order to feed a cocaine addiction.