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Four years in jail for Indian smuggling ring

A 38-year-old man has been jailed for four years for his part in running a smuggling ring specialized in spiriting Indians through Sweden to other countries in Europe.

Four years in jail for Indian smuggling ring

The ringleader, a 38-year-old man of Indian origin, confessed to using Örebro in central Sweden as a base for smuggling people out of the country to other countries in Europe.

Along with several counts of aggravated human smuggling, the Örebro District Court also found the man guilty of forging passports in Thailand, bookkeeping fraud, and tax offences.

Between 25 and 30 Indians were taken out of Sweden to other European countries from 2006 until the operation was uncovered in March 2008.

Their final destinations included Spain, Italy, Greece and Belgium, local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda reports.

“The fact that Sweden has served as a transit country is what makes this case so interesting,” prosecutor Ulrika Lindsö told the newspaper.

Örebro, located 200 kilometres west of Stockholm, was found to be the hub of the smugglers’ operation.

It is not known how the Indians came to Sweden but it is thought that they may have travelled through Russia. Once in Sweden, they stayed in apartments in the central Swedish city before being moved on to their designated final destinations.

The court also sentenced a number of other people to shorter jail terms for their roles in the operation.

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Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport

Six people have been arrested following a break-in at Örebro Airport on Saturday night.

Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The alarm was raised just after midnight after both security staff and members of the public observed suspicious activity at the airport, which is served regularly by charter passenger flights and is Sweden's fourth-largest hub for cargo.

“Our patrols arrived just after the suspects had climbed out of one of the aircraft, which they had broken into,” Stefan Dangardt, police press officer in the Bergslagen region, told TT.

The people, four young men and two young women, have been questioned by police. They are suspected of serious theft as well as violation of public security laws, which forbid unauthorised access to sensitive areas such as airports.

Details of what they are suspected of stealing are unclear.

“This is far from terror or sabotage. It’s about youthful stupidity,” Dangardt said.

Five of the suspects were later released and one person remained under arrest. All six remain under suspicion of breaking the law.

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