Border cop gets 7.5 years for taking bribes at checkpoint

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October 25, 2011 18:04

 
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Atta Marai took thousands of NIS in bribes to allow Palestinian trucks to pass into Israel without security checks

The Jerusalem District Court sentenced border policeman Atta Marai to seven and a half years imprisonment on Tuesday, following his conviction for 49 counts of bribery and breach of trust and one count of carrying out an act that could spread disease.

Marai was also fined NIS 50,000.

According to the indictment, 32-year-old Marai had been a border guard for 14 years and at the time of his arrest served as commander of the al-Jib or Givat Zeev checkpoint.

Al-Jib is part of the 'Jerusalem envelope'  series of checkpoints at various entrances from the West Bank to the capital.

Marai, who was convicted under a plea bargain, admitted that, together with two guards and a civilian accomplice, he took bribes from truck drivers to allow them to pass through the checkpoint from the West Bank into Israel without a security check.

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