2 Border Police officers arrested for repeatedly robbing Palestinian drivers
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2 Border Police officers arrested for repeatedly robbing Palestinian drivers

Pair accused of pulling over vehicles in the West Bank and stealing money and other property from drivers, over a period of two months

Illustrative: Border Police officers at a West Bank checkpoint, January 2017 (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border Police officers at a West Bank checkpoint, January 2017 (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Two Border Police officers have been arrested for allegedly robbing Palestinian motorists, authorities told the Ynet news website Tuesday.

The two are suspected of repeatedly abusing their power to pull over Palestinian vehicles on a road near the West Bank settlement of Adam, then taking money and other property from the motorists.

The pair are suspected of engaging in the illegal activity for two months and pocketing over NIS 10,000 ($2,700).

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday extended their remand until Friday.

In August police arrested four Interior Ministry employees suspected in a pay-to-play scheme at the ministry’s East Jerusalem offices.

The employees are believed to have taken advantage of a large backlog of appointments at the offices, accepting bribes amounting to hundreds of thousands of shekels in exchange for shorter wait times.

They are also suspected of hoarding thousands of appointments through a ministry app which they then sold to locals, thus further enriching themselves while making it increasingly difficult to gain access without their assistance.

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