Captain, crew arrested for people trafficking
4 March 2005, BARCELONA - Police have arrested the captain and a crew member of a merchant ship who are accused of bringing illegal immigrants to Spain since 2001.
4 March 2005
BARCELONA - Police have arrested the captain and a crew member of a merchant ship who are accused of bringing illegal immigrants to Spain since 2001.
The 60-year-old captain is Polish and the crew member is a 40-year-old Moroccan.
They sailed aboard a container ship which has only been named as the C.E. The identities of the men were not disclosed.
The police investigation began last summer after a number of illegal immigrants were discovered in the port area in Barcelona.
They said they had been brought to Spain from Casablanca in Morocco on board the C.E.
But both the captain and crew member denied all allegations and police did not have enough evidence to proceed against them.
Police mounted a surveillance operation on the boat, which was seen to have unknown people "constantly" trying to get off the ship.
Last week, police arrested the crew member who was allegedly taking two would-be immigrants off the boat to register them in Spain using ship's official seal, claiming they were crew.
The captain was arrested when the boat returned to Barcelona on Wednesday.
He has been questioned and released on bail.
The crew member has been charged with people trafficking.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news