01 Aug 2011

Congolese Diplomat to Serbia Investigated for Smuggling

Congolese Diplomat, Marc Marius Itela, and his wife Bombeto Pascaline Esther (pictured here) are being investigated by anti-corruption authorities in Romania for leading an organized crime group including Romanians and Serbians involved in smuggling cigarettes between the two countries.

The couple is suspected of using their official diplomatic car to avoid being checked by customs officials at the Moravita customs. The authorities in Romania are currently searching the homes of 9 of those suspected to be involved in the smuggling operation.

For the original article from HotNews.ro, please click here.

The photo of Ms. Esther comes from a Libertatea.ro article in Romanian on the same subject, found here.