Four policemen in Trinidad and Tobago have been arrested following reports that they attempted to bribe a businessman whom they also robbed.

The officers, all constables assigned to the North Eastern Division, were arrested at their homes in north Trinidad on Saturday morning by their colleagues from the Professional Standards Bureau.

The officers, who have been detained separately at police stations, were up to late Sunday being interrogated in relation to the incident, which allegedly occurred last Tuesday afternoon.

The Chinese businessman and his wife reportedly contacted police after the officers visited their home and demanded 53,000 TT dollars bribe. They allegedly relieved the businessman of a quantity of jewellery but left without any cash.

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