Middle East

‘Security’ con men stalking government ministries

BEIRUT: Syria’s prime minister has warned members of his government about people posing as intelligence or security officials in state ministries, a pro-regime news outlet said Thursday. 

The Damas Post website said premier Wael Halqi informed ministers at a recent Cabinet meeting about the phenomenon, and advised them to institute strict checks on the identity of people congregating at government ministries. 

The website cited a source who said the con men were seeking “certain personal gains and benefits” by posing as security officials, ostensibly to aid people with their official paperwork and other government formalities. 

Halqi urged ministers to report all those who decline to reveal their actual identity or are engaged in illegalities, the website added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 04, 2014, on page 8.




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