18 de Ago de 2022

Nacional

16 fired in purge of Tocumen

PANAMA. Sixteen customs officials have been fired from Tocumen airport after they were caught on film last week sharing out confiscated...

PANAMA. Sixteen customs officials have been fired from Tocumen airport after they were caught on film last week sharing out confiscated items.

The Director of Customs, Gloria Moreno de Lopez, said that these may be just the first sackings in what is to be a purge of customs officials who have not behaved according the code of ethics for civil servants.

“These people know perfectly well what their responsibilities are and how they ought to behave,” she said.

Meanwhile, an administrator in a cargo firm based at Tocumen who was allegedly bribing customs officials to delete waybills from the official listing, is being investigated by the Civil Servants’ Crime Division. This is the second person to be arrested in connection with the offence, following the arrest of a customs officer last week.