Wednesday, July 6, 2022

France jails smugglers for letting illegal migrants into UK

The smugglers helped arrange trips for 530 migrants between June and August, earning €1.3 million ($1.5 million) for their smuggling rings in the process.

• December 8, 2021
Illegal migrants crossing the Channel
Illegal migrants crossing the Channel

A French court has sentenced three smugglers to prison for arranging unsanctioned trips across the Channel from France to Britain, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The three men received sentences ranging from one to four years in prison on Friday.

According to the report, the smugglers helped arrange trips for 530 migrants between June and August, earning €1.3 million ($1.5 million) for their smuggling rings in the process.

When they were detained, police discovered a notebook in their car containing 150 names with notes on payments and mobile phone videos of people thanking them for helping with the crossing.

Efforts to cross the Channel have come into focus after 27 people died during a smuggling operation in November, in which the boat capsized.

Five smugglers were arrested in the aftermath.

However, France and Britain have entered into discussions since then on how to stop illegal crossings, though they have not come up with a solution.

(dpa/NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Justin Trudeau /IRCC

Hot news Home top

Canada resumes immigration and Express Entry draws

In June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that a new task force had been established to handle immigration processing delays.

Ram market

Faith

Sallah: Ram dealers lament low patronage in Gombe

The dealers who had stocked animals such as ram, goat, sheep and bulls for the festive season, complained of low patronage amid poor market conditions.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris

World

Mass Shootings: Kamala Harris proposes ban on assault weapons

“We’ve got to be smarter as a country in terms of who has access to what, in particular assault weapons,’’ Ms Harris said.

Stephen Dawulung and FRSC officers

States

700 Road Safety operatives to man Kogi highways during Sallah: Commander

Kogi sector commander Stephen Dawulung said that the team would also checkmate carnage during the festivities.

Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha

Anti-Corruption

EFCC should let Okorocha travel abroad for medical treatment: Court

“But if I grant this application and the defendant fails to appear on the next adjourned date, I will make an order declaring him wanted.”

President Muhammadu Buhari

NationWide

Buhari, security chiefs head to Senegal for regional economic summit

Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele and foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama are also among top administration officials heading to Dakar on Thursday, the State House said.