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Dozens arrested in Croatia anti-corruption sweep

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November 12, 2012 02:00 PM EST | AP


ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatian police have detained managers of a local pharmaceutical company, its 27 employees and dozens of doctors suspected of corruption.

Health Minister Rajko Ostojic said Monday that as many as 350 doctors were under investigation as part of a major anti-corruption sweep in the health system.

Croatia is under pressure to fight corruption ahead of becoming the 28th European Union member state in 2013.

Police said the management of Farmal company and its employees are suspected of bribing doctors to prescribe the medicines they produced.

They say that in addition to the company managers and employees, 49 doctors and a pharmacist were arrested.