Two Romanians, an Armenian and an Iraqi, remanded by DIICOT for migrants trafficking

The prosecutors of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have placed under remand for 24 hours four defenders, two of them Romanians, an Armenian and an Iraqi for setting up an organised criminal group, illegal state border crossing in repeated form and trafficking of migrants. Defenders Artak Nahapetyan (Armenian), Ștefan Penciu, Alexandru Gabriel Eșanu (Romanians) and Nazem Dashad Wali (Iraqi) were placed under remand, reports.
According to the prosecutors, during November 2015-February 2016 the defenders set up an organised criminal group in view of migrant trafficking, guiding the migrants of Arab origin (Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis and Palestinians) to illegally cross the Romanian border, through the green zone, in view of transporting them to other states in Western Europe.
On February 28 the DIICOT prosecutors detected at Romania’s border with Hungary a transport of 8 migrants (4 women, three minors and a man with Syrian and Iraqi citizenships), which would cross illegally the state border with the support of the organized criminal group.
It was noted that the members of the criminal group have transported the migrants by two cars on the route Bucharest-Sibiu-Deva-Arad.
The Bucharest Court ordered the remand for 30 days of the accused Artak Nahapetyan and Nazem Dashad Wali and against defendants Ștefan Penciu and Alexandru-Gabriel Eșanu the preventive measure of judicial control.
The information technical support was provided by the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).
The specialized support was provided by the Directorate of Special Operations.

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