France jails British people smugglers

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

DIEPPE, France, Nov 22 (AFP) - Three British men have been jailed for 12 to 18 months by a court in Dieppe for trying to smuggle 15 Indian illegal immigrants into Britain, court officials said Saturday.

DIEPPE, France, Nov 22 (AFP) - Three British men have been jailed for 12 to 18 months by a court in Dieppe for trying to smuggle 15 Indian illegal immigrants into Britain, court officials said Saturday.

Daniel Coates, 26, Thomas Gorham, 48, and David Lindon, 53, were sentenced when they appeared in court late Friday after being arrested on Wednesday night in the ferry port of Dieppe.

Gorham was given 12 months and his co-defendants 18 months.

The men had picked up the Indians in Saint-Omer, in northern France, and taken them in a small lorry and Land Rover to Dieppe to catch the ferry to Britain. But railway police in the Gare du Nord in Paris had spotted the Indians and followed them, arresting all involved in Dieppe.

The three defendants denied having any organising role in the smuggling network while refusing to say who had given them their orders.

Their defence said they were small fry, paying the price for the big shots.The Indians had been deported, the court heard.

© AFP

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