Police prevented the mass transfer of illegal immigrants from Greece to Italy on Sunday afternoon.
Police detected a parked van in the region of Agios Panteleimonas and an ensuing check revealed 21 foreign immigrants (17 Afghan nationals and 4 from Pakistan) who were arrested for an "attempt to leave the coutry illegally", while the perpetrators accompanying them are being sought.
An investigation carried out disclosed that the unkown traffickers attracted foreigners from Victoria Square, central Athens, promising to take them to Italy in return for a fee that relatives of theirs would pay when they arrived at their destination.