Couple held for German human smuggling

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2 June 2004 , PRAGUE - A Czech couple that allegedly worked with a Polish crime gang has been charged with smuggling hundreds of illegal immigrants to Germany, Czech police said Wednesday. State police spokeswoman Blanka Kosinova said at least 600 Indians, Pakistanis and others paid about USD 1,500 (EUR 1221) each for tickets to the west. The unnamed 29-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife allegedly organised the trafficking from their homes in Czech cities between 2000 and 2003. Kosinova said the illegal

2 June 2004

PRAGUE - A Czech couple that allegedly worked with a Polish crime gang has been charged with smuggling hundreds of illegal immigrants to Germany, Czech police said Wednesday.

State police spokeswoman Blanka Kosinova said at least 600 Indians, Pakistanis and others paid about USD 1,500 (EUR 1221) each for tickets to the west.

The unnamed 29-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife allegedly organised the trafficking from their homes in Czech cities between 2000 and 2003.

Kosinova said the illegals slipped into Germany via Poland, Russia, Belarus and Slovakia without crossing the Czech Republic.

Police monitored the couple for more than a year before making the arrests at their home in an eastern Czech city early Wednesday. They each face 10 years in prison.

Their Polish accomplices were arrested last year, Kosinova said.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

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