Police bust ring helping people bypass exit-bans

Police arrest former Shin Bet employee, ex-cop for accepting bribes in exchange for smuggling people illegally out of Israel.

March 14, 2012 18:46
Police at Ben Gurion Airport [file]

Police at Ben Gurion Airport 311 (R). (photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)

A former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) employee and an ex-cop are under arrest on suspicion of accepting large bribes to help people on a no-exit ban to leave the country.

Police said they suspect the two received up to NIS 100,000 to help individuals circumvent bans placed on them by courts, which prevent them from leaving the country.

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The investigation, dubbed by police "Safe Passage," was classified as undercover, and lasted for two months. It wad led by the police's National Fraud Unit together with the Central District.

Police said they suspect the two are part of a larger network, and said further arrests are expected soon.

The alleged criminal ring included a lawyer and private investigator, Channel 10 reported.

Police said they suspect the private investigator would track down people banned from leaving the country and offer them assistance in exchange for cash. Bribe money was allegedly paid at a meeting point at Ben-Gurion Airport on the day of departure.

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