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OM demands six years in prison against Leiden pivot in human smuggling organization | NOW

The Public Prosecution Service (OM) on Friday demanded six years in prison against a 43-year-old Leiden citizen for his part in a people smuggling. The man is suspected of having supported human smuggling from the Netherlands in various ways.

According to the Public Prosecution Service, the man supplied vans and cars that were used in human smuggling. He also brought people who wanted to go to England in contact with the people smugglers in France.

The French authorities rolled up the people smuggling gang, in which the Leiden citizen presumably participated, in January 2020. In the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee made several arrests, including the man from Leiden.

The prosecutor stated that the suspect has sold at least three cars to the people smugglers. The suspect also mediated in the smuggling of five people. He was referred to as a travel agent.

The suspect also had contact with a man who said he could arrange entry visas through an employee at the Iraqi embassy. The Leiden citizen would have paid the man 36,000 euros for four visas, but delivery of the visas was not forthcoming. The suspect then threatened the man and his family to get the money back.

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Finally, during a search of the suspect’s home, 250 cartons of illegal cigarettes were found. The judge’s verdict is in two weeks.

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