Smuggling of migrants from Turkey to the European Union with private jets: 5 arrests
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Smuggling of migrants from Turkey to the European Union with private jets: 5 arrests

The investigations were conducted by a joint investigation team between the police of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy and France. The illegal immigrants paid 10 thousand euros each way

They would have used private jets departing from Turkey to get clandestine people of mainly Kurdish or Iraqi origin to Italy and other European countries, charging 10 thousand euros per trip. The arrest warrant was issued by the Belgian police for five people: one Italian residing in Rome and four Egyptians, three of whom residing in Italy and one in Belgium. Also involved is a Tunisian woman residing in Brussels. Two other foreigners are wanted.

The investigations were inspired by the arrival, in some European airports, of private jets carrying foreign citizens who, using false diplomatic documents from the Caribbean state of Saint Kitts & Nevis, had managed to embark from the Turkey on private flights to that country, with an intermediate stop in Europe. Once they reached the airport, passengers declared their real nationality to the local police authorities, requesting political asylum. The Belgian police seized two aircraft with a total value of 426 thousand euros. The investigations were conducted with the support of the International Police Cooperation Service of the Central Criminal Police Directorate and the US HSI and DSS agencies.