Greek customs staff fail to stop stolen cars

Customs officials in Kakavia, northwestern Greece, may face criminal charges after the Finance Ministry yesterday requested an investigation into how three stolen cars were driven from Greece into Albania. Sources said that Deputy Finance Minister Antonis Bezas requested the investigation after three stolen cars, two jeeps and a Mercedes, passed through the point last month without employees running the cars’ data through the Schengen Information System that is designed to detect stolen vehicles. The drivers were later detained in Albania when local authorities ran the proper checks on the cars. The officers then tipped off officials in Greece. Three customs employees have been accused of negligence, sources said. The Finance Ministry has transferred nine employees from the customs post to other offices.