Organizer of smuggling illegal migrants was sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment


Appeal Court of Transcarpathian region left without changes the sentence of Uzhgorod Municipal District Court concerning four participants of organized criminal grouping, who smuggled illegal migrants from Afghanistan through Ukrainian-Hungarian border to the countries of European Union.  

It was established that in 2011, 38-year-old resident of Lviv took 9 citizens of Afghanistan by the bus “Lviv-Uzhgorod”. His accomplice, the inhabitants of border town Chop, waited for illegal migrants in Transcarpathia, who had to take illegally migrants through the state border in some days.

The organizer of illegal migrants’ smuggling – 38-year-old resident of Uzhgorod, condemned before for robbery, had constantly kept illegal migrants in sight and supported telephone connection with accomplices.

SSU workers detained 9 citizens of Afghanistan without any documents identifying them and three participants of criminal grouping in one of the private houses in the village Esen, Uzhgorod district, from where migrants had to be taken to Ukrainian-Hungarian border.

Besides, last year in May, law enforcement agents searched in Lviv and detained one more accomplice, who assisted in transportation of illegal migrants to Uzhgorod.

By the sentence of the court, four participants of criminal grouping were recognized guilty in accordance with Part 2 Article 332 (illegal transportation of persons through the state border of Ukraine on the preliminary agreement by the group of persons) of Criminal Code of Ukraine. The organizer of illegal transportation of illegal migrants was condemned to punishment in the form of 6 years of imprisonment. His accomplices were given 5 years of prison with appointed probation term for two years to each of them.