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Three crimes squad officials ?took bribes?

Officers from the police?s internal affairs unit on Monday arrested three members of the Finance Ministry?s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) on charges of taking bribes.

The ministry did not give details about the alleged offenses of the SDOE officials but said that disciplinary proceedings had been launched against them.

It also noted that, according to a new law designed to crack down on widespread tax evasion, the offenders could face up to 10 years each in prison if found guilty irrespective of the size of the bribes they are found to have taken.

A statement issued by the ministry said that it was ?determined to show zero tolerance in cases of law-breaking behavior by employees, imposing the corresponding punishment, and that it will be unwavering vis-a-vis any instance of corruption within the [ministry?s] services.?

Spearheading the government?s tax evasion crackdown, SDOE has probed tax offices and other public services offices.