Coast guard officer discharged over migrant smuggling charges

A coast guard officer accused of facilitating seaborne migrant smuggling was discharged on Tuesday following a relevant order by the citizens protection ministry.
According to the coast guard headquarters, internal affairs officers arrested the man on Oct. 10, 2008 at the port of Piraeus, accusing him of bribing a coast guard patrol boat skipper -- who served in a sea border region -- to hand him a copy of the vessel’s confidential night patrol itinerary. The latter was allegedly intended for a migrant smuggling ring.

A naval tribunal sentenced the cashiered officer to a 12-month suspended sentence. An appeals court later reduced the conviction to nine months.

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