Egypt cracks down illegal migrant gang

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Fri, 29 Nov 2019 - 12:32 GMT

Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes April 20, 2015 - REUTERS/Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi

Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes April 20, 2015 - REUTERS/Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi

CAIRO – 29 November 2019: Egyptian authorities arrested six illegal migrants and three people for forming a migrant trafficking gang, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Interior in a statement on Friday.

The three migrant traffickers are belonging to a six-member migrant smuggling gang luring youngsters to travel abroad via the Mediterranean Sea for paying a sum of money that could range between LE 50,000 and 150,000 LE, the statement said.

According to the initial investigations, two members of the gang were working on attracting young people and asking for money, while two other members were responsible for getting forged travel documents. The rest of the gang is living abroad to receive the migrants in transit countries then to their final destinations, the statement added.

The authorities also confiscated a total of 35 forged passports, dozens of IDs and university certificates with different names and huge amount of money, the statement said.

On July 20, 2019, Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadeq referred six defendants in the lawsuit publicly known as “The Illegal Migration Gang” to urgent criminal trial.

The Public Prosecution revealed that the six defendants formed with others a criminal group for migrant smuggling and were preparing to smuggle a group of Egyptian youths to Italy, including minors.

In February, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) and the Ministry of Interior collaborated to arrest 71 suspects affiliated with four gangs involved in migrant smuggling in Cairo, Giza, Beheira, Kafr al-Sheikh, and Gharbeya.

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