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To mark International Anti-Corruption Day, the Slovenian police presented their activities in the fight against corruption, which have become increasingly successful.  On this occasion, one of the police's greatest achievements in recent times was highlighted - the successful investigation of several corruption-related offences in the public sector, committed in the jurisdiction of the Koper Police Directorate.

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Today's press conference was attended by the head of the Criminal Police Division at the Police Directorate of Koper Dean Jurič (photo, left) and the head of the Economic Crime Division at the Criminal Police Directorate Dušan Florjančič.

Dean Jurič, head of the Criminal Police Division at the Police Directorate of Koper, outlined the progress and results of a wide investigation undertaken by Koper's criminal police officers, who in May began to investigate the claims of responsible persons at an administrative unit, according to which their former employee allegedly issued driving licences illegally. The examination of documents, computer records, house searches, etc. confirmed the suspicion that the 37-year-old former clerk at the administrative unit had committed several offences - the entire case apparently included as many as 367 offences - allegedly aided by a 25-year-old man from the area of Kozina.

In April, the police set up a system for online anonymous reporting of corruption-related offences on its website and e-administration portal.

By doing so, the police wanted to encourage people to inform them of such criminal offences. By the end of October, 186 anonymous reports were received.

The good results obtained in the field of crime in 2009 indicate that the police have been paying more and more attention to uncovering and investigating economic crimes, and are becoming increasingly successful at this.

Despite the considerable rise in the rate of acts of corruption in 2009, though, Slovenia without doubt remains one of the less corruption-ridden EU Member States. Such conclusions can be drawn from the annual Corruption Perceptions Index measured by Transparency International, which in 2009 ranked Slovenia as high as 27th out of 181 countries around the globe.