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Two jailed for trying to smuggle Syrians to Sweden

Published tisdag 13 december 2016 kl 11.25
One of the suspects entering Södertörn District Court.
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One of the suspects entering Södertörn District Court. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg / TT.
Border police officer.
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The majority of those being smuggled were stopped by police before they reached the Swedish border. Credit: Johan Nilsson/TT

Two men convicted of running a human smuggling operation have been sentenced to prison, reports Södertörn District Court.

A third man who was found guilty of helping them was given a suspended sentence.

Prosecutors accused the men of attempting to illegally take around 170 people from Milan, Italy, to Sweden on at least 15 different occasions in the summer and autumn of 2014.

Those who were transported were said to have paid 500 euros each, with children travelling for free. The men were alleged to have made 10,000 euros for each of these trips.

The leader of the group received two years in prison, while his partner was sentenced to one year and six months.

The third man will have to do 220 hours of community service, as well as receiving a suspended sentence.

Cars, minibuses and motorhomes were used to transport the asylum seekers, the majority of whom were men from Syria.

Most were stopped before they reached Sweden, in Germany or Denmark.

The men, who all lived in southern Stockholm, denied the charges.

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