Mu­nic­i­pal staff tied to mi­grant racket, ar­son

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An ar­son at­tack on the aliens’ bureau of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Pa­pagou and Ho­lar­gos at the end of last month, and a break-in and theft of doc­u­ments and hard drives ear­lier in May, is be­lieved to be the work of a ring of civil ser­vants mak­ing money through the ex­ploita­tion of im­mi­grants seek­ing le­gal sta­tus in Greece, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

An in­spec­tion of the em­ploy­ees’ of­fices turned up a large num­ber of res­i­dence per­mits for im­mi­grants that had been wrongly is­sued, Deputy Mayor Chris­tos Daskalopou­los told Kathimerini. The ar­son at­tempt and break-in last month were ap­par­ently an at­tempt to de­stroy some of this in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence, Daskalopou­los said.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the fire ser­vice into an ar­son at­tack on the morn­ing of May 31 that de­stroyed vir­tu­ally all the ar­chives – pa­per and elec­tronic – of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s aliens’ bureau in­di­cated that the ar­son­ists had en­tered the of­fices us­ing a key or a skele­ton key, sources said.

A week be­fore the ar­son at­tack, uniden­ti­fied in­trud­ers had bro­ken into the of­fices and stolen a com­puter hard drive which, sources told Kathimerini, con­tained de­tails of im­mi­grants’ res­i­dence per­mits.

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