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Bus driver charged with people smuggling

Updated fredag 8 januari 2016 kl 19.39
Published fredag 8 januari 2016 kl 19.14
Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT.
Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT.

The police are charging the driver of a bus travelling between Germany and Sweden with human trafficking, despite his turning over the alleged illegal traveler at the first opportunity, Swedish Radio News reports.

The case has nothing to do with the newly required ID checks, and rather than being directed at the bus company itself, the charge is against the driver.

The driver, who works for the Bergkvarabuss company, says that he had no idea there was a refugee on the bus when it left Germany. When he discovered the asylum-seeker, he says he told the man to get off the bus, but he refused.

“So then the driver decided to just turn over the passenger to the police when he arrived at the border,” Charlotte Magne, Head of Marketing for Bergkvarabuss, tells Swedish Radio News.

He did this when the bus reached the Swedish side of the Öresund Bridge. But despite this action, the driver is now being charged with human trafficking.

“From his perspective he did what he could do,” says Charlotte Magne of Bergkvarabuss. “I think it’s sad that he didn’t receive more information about what he did wrong.”

Ewa Gun Westford, press spokesperson for the Swedish Police Southern Region, says “We want to see if this can be considering human trafficking, is a person is on a bus, and you can assume that the driver has known about it.

The police seem to be using the incident as a test case.

“We’re trying to do this the best we can,” says Ewa Gun Westford. “And this is a case to test in the courts. Then we’ll know what we’re supposed to do.”

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