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UPDATE: Criminals arrested for smuggling migrants from Turkey to Kos.

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A criminal organization in the idyllic Greek island of Kos trafficked immigrants from Turkey and helped them move inland, as reported last week by Greek City Times.

However, more information has emerged since then.

Following an investigation, five foreigners were arrested near the port of Kos.

Two were in possession of travel documents of dubious authenticity, which were confiscated. Another three did not have legal travel documents.

Illegal immigrants in Kos.
Illegal immigrants in Kos.

Four Greeks aged 35, 39, 29 and 48, and a 25-year-old foreigner, were arrested as members of the criminal organization .

The 39-year-old is said to be its leader, while an additional foreigner, also alleged as a leader, is wanted.

How the organization operated

According to the authorities, the 35-year-old local and the 25-year-old foreigner took care of the illegal transfer of immigrants from Turkey to Kos and then to facilitate their movement within the island.

The 29-year-old and the 48-year-old provided accommodation in their hotel units.

The pre-investigation material revealed that the 39-year-old Greek had the role of leader and coordinated all the actions of the members of the criminal network.

A search of the 48-year-old’s home revealed underage foreigners who lacked legal travel documents.

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