Antonio Suárez is one of the officers under investigation.

25-01-2013Alejandro Sepúlveda

A judge at the Palma courts of instruction, Juan Manuel Sobrino, has placed two National Police officers - one now retired - under investigation for alleged bribery. The judge has been in charge of an investigation for some months, and it is into suspicions that the two officers accepted bribes from members of the drugs clans operating in the Son Banya shanty town in Palma.

The officers are a former commissioner, Antoni Cerdà, who for several years led units of the criminal police in Palma, and a current chief inspector, Antonio Suárez. He is responsible for police units dedicated to tackling drugs trafficking.

The judge's investigation has included the interception of telephone calls. It is said to point to suspicions that the two officers were being paid in exchange for information about police investigations.

The two officers were informed of the court's decision on Thursday. They are scheduled to appear before the court and make statements in October.