Wife of Congo diplomat arrested in Romania

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Posted: Jun 14, 2011 7:34 AM
Wife of Congo diplomat arrested in Romania

Police have arrested the wife of an African diplomat and charged her with involvement in a Serbian smuggling ring after she was caught with 1,800 cartons of cigarettes in her car.

Timisoara county court in western Romania ordered that Esther Pascaline be held for 29 days pending trial Tuesday, following Monday's discovery.

Her Serbian driver, Miljan Vujosevic, and two other Serbs citizens were also arrested and charged. The four can appeal.

Pascaline's husband, the second counselor at the Congolese embassy in Belgrade, is also suspected of involvement in the ring which smuggled tax-free cigarettes from Montenegro to Romania. No charges have been brought against him.

The four risk prison sentences of up to 10 years for smuggling.