Counter-terrorism services investigate people smuggling network

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Posted on December 13, 2016, 6:55 am
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Counter-terrorism services in Greece, the United Kingdom and Europe will further investigate whether a recently dismantled transnational people smuggling ring may have been used by ISIS or other jihadist groups to infiltrate Europe, Greek and UK authorities said on Monday.

The transnational organized crime group operated by supplying and producing fake documents, including passports, visas and IDs, to transport migrants from Iran to the UK, via Greece and other transit countries. At least one individual, a 28-year-old Algerian with a key role in the organisation, is facing terrorism-related charges in Spain. Permanently based in Barcelona, the Algerian was the main supplier of stolen or lost passports, IDs and other documents that were sent to Greece to be forged and illegal transport migrants via Greek airports.

A total of 33 individuals have been arrested in Greece and the UK so far, while authorities have located three document-forging workshops in the Athens districts of Petroupoli, Gyzi and Kato Patissia.

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