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BRIEF: Civil servants to face charges of corruption

September 3, 2014

The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon



Sept. 03--BEIRUT -- The Finance Ministry has referred two employees to the state prosecution's office on charges of corruption, according to a statement released Tuesday. A tax controller in the Baabda Real Estate Department was accused of taking bribes. Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil also referred an employee from the Department of Real Estate Appraisal to the prosecution's office for investigation over allegations he had violated procedures.

Khalil asked concerned agencies in the ministry to take stricter measures to apply the law in all of the ministry's directorates.

Corruption in the ministry's real estate department is rampant and is costing the treasury millions of dollars in lost revenues.

Some employees deliberately lower the value of property which is sold to another person in order to reduce the tax on the previous owner and in return the clerk receives a bribe for this service.

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