Ukrainian convicted in Belarus for illegal transit of Nigerian migrants

Source : 112 Ukraine

The citizen of Ukraine was sentenced to three and a half years of the imprisonment
21:03, 16 January 2019


The Belarusian court convicted a citizen of Ukraine to three and a half years of the imprisonment, as he participated in the organization of the illegal migration as State Border Committee of Belarus reported.

It is reported that 42-year-old Ukrainian was involved in the transit of the citizens of Nigeria to Poland through the territory of Belarus in June-July 2018.

Related: More than 3,000 illegal migrants detained on Ukrainian border over year

“A citizen of Ukraine found guilty in the organization, management, and assistance in the illegal entry to Belarus, stay and transit of foreigners committed by a group of people with prior agreement. He is sentenced to three years and six months of the imprisonment with the confiscation of the property and serving of the sentence in the strengthened-regime correctional colony,” the message said.

As of June, there were 151 Ukrainian sailors in Greece, 98 of them were detained for transporting illegal migrants. Over a hundred Ukrainian citizens are now held in Italian prisons, judged for the same kind of violation.

Related: Immigrant from Ukraine murdered in Italy

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that 42 citizens of Ukraine were convicted and 78 Ukrainians are under the investigation in Greece due to the accusation of the transfer of the illegal migrants.

Earlier we reported that 214 Ukrainian sailors imprisoned in Greece, India, Spain, Libya, Oman, and Sri-Lanka as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.

Related: Ukrainian sailors charged abroad with smuggling and transportation of migrants

According to BIMCO and ISF, 69,000 Ukrainians worked on foreign ships in 2015. Ukraine was enlisted to the TOP-6 largest supplier of the workforce to the ship owners.

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