French jail Angolan police for immigration racket

11th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

ALBERTVILLE, France, Feb 10 (AFP) - Two Angolan police officers were sentenced here on Thursday to five and three years jail for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country.

ALBERTVILLE, France, Feb 10 (AFP) - Two Angolan police officers were sentenced here on Thursday to five and three years jail for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country.

Seferino Maria, the brains behind the scheme, was handed a five-year sentence while his deputy, Jorge Sambongo, was jailed for three years by judge Serge Ravier.

The two men, who were travelling with 13 of their compatriots, carrying 10 false visas and a large amount of cash, were arrested on Monday by police on a train coming from Italy, at Modane in central-eastern France.

Speaking through an interpreter, the two men told the court that they had accompanied their compatriots, all women and children, on a pilgrimage to Rome and that they planned to go from there to Belgium.

"You lie so much it's ludicrous. Police cheating with the law, it's not very admirable," said judge Ravier.

Several of the clandestine immigrants were placed in hostels, while the others were repatriated to Angola.

© AFP

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