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Five Arrested and Charged with Trafficking Migrants via Athens Airport

ATHENS — Police at Athens International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos' on Sunday announced the arrest of five foreign nationals from Iraq, Algeria and Syria on charges of setting up a migrant-trafficking operation using forged documents.

Four men aged 27, 36 (two) and 73 years old, respectively, as well as 23-year-old woman were charged with breaching laws on migration and on foreign nationals.

The ring had supplied the woman and one of the 36-year-old men with fake passports and boarding cards so they could go to the gate for a flight to Europe. They were arrested by airport police during the checks on boarding cards.

A raid on the home of the 73-year-old led to the discovery of a large quantity of travel documents, including 234 passports and 150 IDs, three driving licences, 32 passport photos and other evidence.

The suspects were led before an Athens prosecutor and an investigation to reveal the possible involvement of additional individuals is continuing.

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