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Thu 4 Dec 2008 07:26 AM

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Police officers face corruption charges

UAE's interior minister says he is committed to fighting corruption following total of eight arrests.

Members of the UAE's police force have been charged with corruption after an investigation into brothels and illegal pubs, news agency WAM reported.

Col Maktoum al-Sharifi, the director of the Criminal and Investigative Directorate (CID), said a total of eight people - all Emiratis aged 19-24 - had been arrested for "abuse of power and immorality".

Five of the accused allegedly posed as security agents in order to take money from illegal Asian immigrants running the brothels and bootleg liquor operations, he added.

The men are said to have worked with three Asian guides who directed them to the brothels and liquor outlets.

Some of those held are members of the CID, Col al-Sharifi said.

He told WAM that the anti-corruption squad within the CID had been tipped off and members used undercover operations to investigate the allegations.

The accused confessed to police and admitted they had carried out similar raids on several occasions.

He said the accused would come before the courts and face further questioning by the ministry, and pointed out the arrests were made public as a lesson, to show no one was above the law.

Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed said the ministry was committed to transparency and to fighting corruption and vowed to punish those responsible.

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