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Weed out corruption!


Weed out corruption!

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OPPOSITION SENATOR Wilfred Abrahams has called for corrupt officers in the Customs department to be weeded out before that department moves under the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).

Contributing to debate on an amendment to the 1962 Customs Act yesterday, Abrahams charged there was corruption in Customs. He spoke of hearing about bribes and “things . . . that can only be explained by the fact that somebody got paid off for the stuff to be slipped through”.

The amendment is to primarily give the Comptroller of customs and his agents new and searching powers. These include the authority to undertake post-clearance audits and to enter and search premises and seize and “bring away” any uncustomed or prohibited goods and related books or documents.

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