Afghan man will be imprisoned for smuggling 30 illegal migrants over the border through Transcarpathia


Appeal Court of Transcarpathian region left without changes the sentence of Velykyi Bereznyi Court concerning participants of organized criminal grouping, who in the end of 2008 smuggled almost 30 illegal migrants through the state border of Ukraine to Slovakian Republic.

It was established by pre-trial inquest that in 2008 – 30-year-old citizen of Afghanistan, Kyiv resident, decided to transport illegally his country fellows through the Ukrainian state border to EU. On this purpose, the Afghani had found the associates – inhabitants of Transcarpathian region.  Two persons agreed to be involved in the affair – 32-year-old resident of Perechyn condemned before for illegal transportation of persons through the state border and theft and inhabitant of village Zhornava, V.Bereznyi district having criminal past as well. The participants of the grouping attracted also other persons to unlawful activity. In particular, the resident of v. Zhornava was helped by his daughter, 18-year-old student of one of the universities of the region, as well as resident of Kremenchug and 20-year-old inhabitant of village Vyshka, V.Bereznyi district.  Duties of the gang members were strictly defined. Afghan man formed groups of illegal migrants and organized their transportation to Kyiv.

Other malefactors met the groups of illegal migrants in the suburb of the city of Kyiv and secretly delivered them upon before discussed route to Transcarpathia, to the places of temporary shelters in V.Bereznyi nearby Ukrainian-Slovakian, then illegal migrants were smuggled beyond the check points to Slovakia. Usually, about 5-6 illegal migrants were transported by the organized grouping at one time.

On November 15, 2008 in the suburb of the village Vyshka, police officers detained vehicle with 7 citizens of China and 3 Afghans with accompanied persons.

Transcarpathian SSU inspectors commenced a criminal case concerning the organizers of transportation of persons through the state border of Ukraine. V.Bereznyi District Court appointed punishment in the form of imprisonment for 4 years to the citizen of Afghanistan. Resident of Perechyn, before convicted for smuggling illegal migrants through the state border of Ukraine, was sentenced to 3 years and 1 month of imprisonment. The inhabitant of v. Zhornava was appointed punishment in the form of imprisonment for 3 years and 2 months. His daughter as well as the residents of Kremenchug and v. Vyshka were imprisoned for 3 years with probation period of 1 year.