German cops in the can for shaking down Vietnamese immigrants

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Two federal policemen in Berlin have been taken into custody this week for extorting money from Vietnamese immigrants, German news agency Deutsche Presse Agentur reported, citing local prosecutors.

A Vietnamese man reported them a week ago to Berlin authorities, the news agency said.

The officers, 42 and 27, admitted threatening the Vietnamese and demanding money from them.

According to the report, in December they ordered a group of seven Vietnamese in an eastern suburb of Berlin to show identity cards and searched them. They beat up one of the Vietnamese and obtained money from the group.

The policemen last week demanded 500 euros (US$680) from another Vietnamese man claiming that he could not prove he had a valid visa. The man gave them 300 euros, prosecutors were quoted by Deutsche Presse Agentur as saying.

Source: Thanh Nien

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