Croatian police have detained almost 100 people, including the country's top anti-corruption official and 21 university professors, in what reports on Friday described as the country's largest-ever crackdown on graft. About 300 officers raided more than 100 homes, offices and cars Thursday in an operation targeting corrupt teachers selling university diplomas.
"We have 21 professors, three assistant professors and four bureaucrats against whom we have firm evidence and others against whom evidence is being collected," state prosecutor Mladen Bajic told HTV national television.
Corrupt teachers were charging the equivalent of 13,000 dollars to enrol students who failed to qualify, then 600 to 3,000 dollars to squeeze them through exams. Maths for weak, but rich economy major students was the most expensive exam, Bajic said.
One of the detained professors had 21 booklets identifying students and their marks with 21,000 euros (30,200 dollars) folded in them, the prosecutor told reporters.
Police also detained Desa Mlikotin Tomic, the chairwoman of the parliament's conflict of interest watchdog, as well as about a dozen students who bought their diplomas. Tomic is also an economics professor.
Police arrest nearly 100 in diploma scam in Croatia - Summary