Hong Kong morgue workers accused of bribery over dead bodies
Six workers from Hong Kong hospital morgues
were being investigated Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes from funeral
directors in return for giving corpses special treatment, dpa reported.
They are accused of accepting monthly payments of up to 130 US dollars to speed up funeral arrangements and allow funeral directors to collect them outside normal hours.
The workers also allegedly dressed the corpses in shrouds and prepared them for funerals, a role usually performed in funeral parlours, investigators claim.
The six workers, from two public hospitals, were arrested along with eight funeral directors by Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption, a spokesman for the commission said.
All 14 suspects have been interviewed and released on police bail while inquiries continue, the commission spokesman said.