Human trafficker network supported by policemen, dismantled, heads arrested

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The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) has detained the heads of a human trafficker network, which was led by a Pakistani citizen. 15 Romanians were part of the network. The traffickers used to cross refugees over border, but investigators found out they were also helped by some border policemen, who used to take bribe for helping them.

Prosecutors say they have evidence that at least 163 migrants had been illegally transported on the routes Bulgaria/Serbia/Cyprus – Romania – Hungary – Austria – Germany/Italy/Slovenia.

The traffickers were caught in Nadlac customs while hiding 111 refugees in a truck, both minors and adults of various nationalities- mostly Afghans, Indians and Pakistanis, who had previoulsy entered Romania illegally, as asylum seekers.

Nine leaders of the network were caught and arrested for setting up an organized criminal group and for human trafficking.

The group had been set up in March last year by a Pakistani citizen Ahmad Khan Saeed and a Romanian Istrate Timiş, together with other suspects.

Investigators have conducted 18 house searches in Maramures, Arad, Timis and Bihor counties in this case, as well as other five house searches in Austria.

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