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Quebec anti-corruption unit descends on Public Security Department offices

QUEBEC - It appears that nobody is safe from the province's anti-corruption squad, not even their own bosses.

Investigators descended on the Public Security Department Wednesday, the same department which oversees police forces including the anti-corruption unit known as UPAC.

The unit was interested in a warehouse in Quebec City that housed the department's old office furniture and computer equipment.

A second seizure was also conducted at a Quebec City computer firm, which serves a number of government departments.

The Public Security Department confirmed the seizures in a statement and said it would co-operate with the unit's investigation, which the department says began after a complaint was filed in 2013.

The unit did not wish to comment.

Opposition politicians were suprised by the move.

"This is, at first glance, actually a bit surprising, but it is also reassuring to the extent that I think it confirms that no one is above the law," said Stephane Bergeron, a Parti Quebecois legislature member who was the minister of Public Security in the previous PQ minority government.


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