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Polish officers arrested for taking bribes from US, Iraqi companies while in Iraq

[JURIST] Polish authorities have arrested five officers, including a colonel and two majors, for allegedly accepting bribes from both US and Iraqi companies while serving in Iraq. Officials from the Polish Defense Ministry [official website in Polish] claimed that two of the officers were caught red-handed in a Polish airport on their way back from Iraq with $90,000 in cash with no adequate explanation of the source of the money. Two Polish civilians have also been arrested. The US and Iraqi companies involved were not named, but press reports say that the bribes were given in connection with oil contracts. In the midst of the preliminary investigations into these allegations Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski [official profile] indicated in a press conference Friday that Poland would likely withdraw from or significantly reduce its 1,700 troop presence in Iraq sometime in 2005 citing increased stability in the country. BBC News has more.

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