Two Syrian nationals, aged 31 and 36, on Wednesday faced a prosecutor in the Cretan port of Iraklio charged with operating an illegal racket providing immigrants with forged documents to remain in Greece or travel on to Western Europe.

The arrests came after police raided a warehouse in the area of Kaminia, near Iraklio, and found 16 Syrian migrants – including two young boys – who had been awaiting transfer to Iraklio’s international airport to board flights to various European countries.

Police confiscated several laptops, forgery equipment and fake documents.