KLM workers arrested for human smuggling

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27 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Military Police service ruled out on Wednesday intensifying security at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport following the arrest of two KLM employees on human smuggling charges.

27 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Military Police service ruled out on Wednesday intensifying security at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport following the arrest of two KLM employees on human smuggling charges.

The KLM workers are accused of smuggling "a number" of illegal immigrants into the Netherlands via staff entrances at the airport.

Schiphol is responsible for the security of staff-only doors and corridors, while the Military Police service has overall responsibility for guarding Dutch ports and airports.

Military Police spokesman Rob Stenacker said the arrests were no cause for the force to intervene in relation to the security of staff entrances at the airport.

He also said Schiphol was carrying out its work adequately. "In an area where 56,000 people move around, 'something' can happen occasionally," Stenacker said.

But he said the issue will certainly come up for discussion at the daily security briefing between the Military Police and management at the airport.

The investigation into human smuggling lasted several months but Stenacker said the two KLM workers were only active for a short period. They were allegedly caught red-handed. 

Besides the two KLM workers, police in The Hague have arrested five other people on suspicion of human smuggling.

Some 18 illegal immigrants were found in raids on houses in The Hague and police also seized a large amount of forged and stolen travel documents, news agency ANP reported.

The suspects are accused of forming an organisation that smuggled illegal immigrants — mainly people from Pakistan and India — from the Netherlands to Dover, Britain, via The Hague.

The investigation has been completed and all suspects are currently in on remand in custody.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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