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Alleged migrant smuggling ring eyed executive jets as means of transport

Δημοσίευση 10 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:24 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Alleged migrant smuggling ring eyed executive jets as means of transport
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Authorities at the Kavala airport on Saturday reportedly uncovered a sophisticated migrant smuggling operation using forged ID documents and even chartered executive jets to ferry migrants to Italy.

Authorities at the Kavala airport on Saturday reportedly uncovered a sophisticated migrant smuggling operation using forged ID documents and even chartered executive jets to ferry migrants to Italy.

A total of 15 people, all Afghan nationals, were arrested inside the departure terminal at Kavala's Alexander the Great Airport after police ascertained that the individuals were attempting to travel on forged Danish ID cards.

Two leased executive jets, belonging to Greek firms, were reportedly waiting on the tarmac to fly the group to Genoa, Italy.

A 19-year-old Moroccan woman was also arrested at the airport on charges of facilitating the travel of the group overseas via forged travel documents and ticket information. The suspect was identified as a permanent resident of Italy and as a travel agency employee in Milan.

Moreover, four taxi drivers from Athens were identified as the means of transport of 15 Afghans from Athens to Kavala, as they were subsequently intercepted hours later on the Thessaloniki-Athens highway near the central city of Larissa. The drivers had reportedly charged 700 euros each for the transport of the illegals from Athens to Kavala.

Additional suspects are wanted in the case, which authorities believe is the work of a trans-European migrant smuggling network.