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Drivers in court following Paris-Malmö taxi trip

AFP/The Local · 16 Feb 2011, 07:08

Published: 16 Feb 2011 07:08 GMT+01:00

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The pair of Parisian taxi drivers may pay a heavy price -- jail -- for transporting the illegal Afghan immigrants halfway across Europe, according to court documents made available Tuesday.

Frenchman Bruno Dacher, 32, and Portuguese native Fredrico Silva da Conceicao, 48, have been charged with human trafficking and "risk between six months to six years in prison" said prosecutor Jörgen Larsson in the southwestern city of Malmö, where the two men will be tried.

Customs authorities arrested the pair on December 29, after they had crossed the bridge linking Copenhagen and Malmö with eight young Afghan clients.

The drivers told customs officials they were instructed to pick up the passengers at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris and take them to Malmö, the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper reported.

The drivers had charged their passengers €2,500 ($3,375) for the 1,300-kilometre trip.

"If the customer asks for it, I write a receipt up reaching the final destination," Dacher said, according to the newspaper.

The Afghan passengers, who lacked passports or other forms of identification, admitted to Swedish customs officials that they had come to Europe illegally and used a middle-man to arrange their transit to Sweden.

Following their interrogation, the Afghans then requested asylum in Sweden.

According to Dacher, he was approached while standing outside the Paris train station about making a trip to Malmö, according to the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

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After getting the green light from his taxi company, Dacher agreed, and settled on the €2,500 price tag, and asked his colleague to join him.

The pair denies any wrongdoing, Larsson said, adding, "they said it was a taxi run just like any other."

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09:01 February 16, 2011 by loudasthunder
The BIG question that should by asked... Why?

There is a clear violation of the geneva convention here.

The taxi drivers clearly admits to transporting illegals.

The Afgans crossed a few EU countries to get to Sweden for Asylum?

Sweden... Don't You dare grant this. I think some citizens, should chime in and log a class action lawsuit against Sweden for entertaining illegal immigration into the EU by allowing Asylum seekers to bypass the closet countries that they legally should have stopped at before comming To Sweden.

Oh, I forgot, Sweden has a Generous Welfare System that gives without question.

That's Why!
09:02 February 16, 2011 by salamanderexpo
bad luck for drivers, here in Sweden you can transport illegal person and even can give them house to stay, i think it is legal here, i report one man to border police in Goteborg, who also came on train illegal afghan , but border police said they are not worried because our government do not care about that kind of cases, so why the Swedish tax payer money pays to border police, i think close the border police department, and well come from all the world illegal and criminal people here in Sweden. well done sweden , how come you can say to other EU country's that you have also border police, i think Sweden have but we do not know what they are good for

wake up and smell the coffee
09:54 February 16, 2011 by Nemesis
Since that group of Afghans clearly have more money than the rest of us, they should be made to pay there own flights to Afghanistan, one way.
10:49 February 16, 2011 by karex

I think that the reson more likely is that Sweden allows anyone one in who has a sob story. They came here because they probably would not have been granted asylum in any other EU country...
10:53 February 16, 2011 by HYBRED
Based upon the information in this article the taxi drivers didn't know, or at least didn't admit that they new they were illegals. Since when do taxi drivers check passports?

However it would appear that these illegals had some connections of some kind in Sweden.
11:15 February 16, 2011 by Vitas
Poor Salamanderexpo... He made report about illegals, maybe hoped recieve thirty pieces of silver but.... It is really bad luck!
11:28 February 16, 2011 by johnny1939
I think the fare was very, very reasonable maybe next time I'll take a taxi from Paris or was it per person? Taxi drivers are not required to id passengers so I do not understand why they were arrested since they checked w/ their taxi company supposedly and that is why we have border control after all.

Asylum is getting tougher in Sweden these days and more people are getting denied but the word has not gotten around the world yet.
11:50 February 16, 2011 by RobinHood
It's against the law to assist illegal immigrants gain entry into Sweden; even for taxi drivers. These two must have been seriously dumb if they didn't suspect there was something fishy going on. It's reasonable for Swedish immigration to bring a prosecution. If the drivers really didn't suspect anything, they will get their chance to explain that to the court.

It's nice to see Sweden enforcing its immigration laws with a bit more gusto.
12:43 February 16, 2011 by loudasthunder

"They came here because they probably would not have been granted asylum in any other EU country..."

So much for the meaning "Union" in European Union.

Hej Sweden, are We part the EU, or Not?

I didn't know Sweden could pick and choose EU agreements, or for that matter, Totally ignore Geneva Convention treaties?
13:41 February 16, 2011 by big5
It ought to be enough to confiscate the money and release the drivers. (and deport the asylum seekers back to France, of course)

If the drivers want the money back, they can apply for a hearing and prove that they had no reason to suspect that the passengers were illegals.
16:20 February 16, 2011 by hrf
Open Your Eyes to Human Trafficking

UN.GIFT has produced a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) video spot to coincide with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking. The theme - a man walks through a market without realizing the human trafficking crimes happening around him - calls for people to open their eyes to human trafficking.

17:28 February 16, 2011 by tgolan
where's the crime, they were in schengen NO PASSPORTS REQUIRED if a taxi picks up a passanger is he supposed to ask for a passport , this is a clear case for the European court........
20:16 February 16, 2011 by Nemesis
The nerve of the Swedish authorities trying to sieze money the hard working French taxi drivers have legitamately earned.

You won't find a Swedish taxi driver willing to drive over 1000 kilometers for a bit of work. The French taxi drivers should be held up as an example of a hard work ethic, to Swedes and an example to be followed.

If the Swedish authorities are so anxious to get their paws on Euro's, they should join the Euro and stop robbing French taxi drivers.

Further reading on the story here:


and http://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=38997&hl=
23:17 February 16, 2011 by salamanderexpo
people like vitas need more money, i think wrong doing in any country must be highlighted , other wise Sweden will also become banana country, so vitas go back were you belong to where every thing is fine,what ever you do is OK,or perhaps you would like to share my silver pennies and share the bad luck with me , try some way else where you can get a little attention to make you feel less guilty...
16:26 February 18, 2011 by reader in USA
The Afgans are in Sweden to take the welfare Sweeds don't want to take!!!!!! I hope you have a nice new apartment, food and money (they don't need indoor plumbing) for thes law breakers.
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