German and Romanian authorities took part in a simultaneous action against an organised criminal group smuggling migrants from the Middle East.
The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit EUROJUST on 14th November said in a statement that the German and Romanian authorities took part in a simultaneous action against an organised criminal group smuggling migrants from the Middle East.
The German authorities initially carried out the investigation with the Romanian authorities and were later joined by UK and Hungarian investigators, the Eurojust said in a press release.
The authorities further looked into the activities of 36 people accused of smuggling at least 580 migrants, earning more than EUR 2 million for their services, it said.
It also said that the smugglers and their victims travelled from Iran, Iraq and Syria, via Turkey and Greece, to Romania, where they were loaded into containers and transported on trucks via Hungary and the Czech Republic into Germany.
This form of transport is potentially fatal for the migrants, it added.
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