18 People Arrested for Smuggling 82 Migrants to Croatia

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The arrests followed a joint action by Serbian and Croatian police.

Police forces in Serbia and Croatia arrested recently arrested a total of 18 people suspected of smuggling migrants from Serbia to Croatia, in the territories of both countries, the police in Novi Sad in Serbia announced.

After months of joint efforts, in cooperation with the Prosecution for Organised Crime and colleagues from the Republic of Croatia, the police in Novi Sad arrested 13 members of an organised criminal group suspected of smuggling people, while the police in Croatia arrested four more suspected members of the organised group. Another person was subsequently arrested in Serbia.

In the synchronised action in the areas of ​​Belgrade, Subotica, Kula, Bač and Šid, 12 citizens of the Republic of Serbia were arrested. They have all been questioned by the Prosecution for Organised Crime.

The criminal group is suspected of organising the illegal crossing of the state border for a total of 82 migrants from Afghanistan. It charged its services at 1,500 euros per migrant. The migrants were moved from Belgrade via Novi Sad to the border between Serbia and Croatia, and the illegal border crossing was organised near Banatsko Novo Selo. Members of the group from Serbia transferred the migrants by boat across the Danube river, while members of the group from Croatia waited for them on the other river bank and “allowed them unauthorised transit to Zagreb and further on to the countries of Western Europe,” the Serbian Prosecution for Organised Crime said.

The Belgrade media reported that another member of the suspected group had been arrested in Serbia in the meantime. Among the detained is one 32-year-old citizen of Afghanistan. The police named the 42-year-old Serbian citizen G. D. as the chief organiser of the group, but no more details have been released as yet.

The police action included members of the Border Police Department for Combating Illegal Migration and Trafficking from the Novi Sad Police Directorate, the Regional Centre for Border Police on the border with Croatia, the offices for combating organised crime of the Serbian Interior Ministry and the Croatian Interior Ministry, the Serbian Prosecution for Organised Crime, and the Croatian Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK).


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