Greek Police Seize Travel Documents of Syrian Human Trafficker

ATHENS — Passports, IDs and residence permits from several countries are among the documents found in the Athens home of a Syrian man, aged 50, who was arrested two days ago in the district of Kypseli, the police reported on Friday.

The man is facing charges of facilitating the transport of foreign nationals from Greece to other European countries and the UK. These include possession and use of passports and travel documents of third parties, forgery and acceptance and distribution of proceeds from criminal activities.

Police seized 16 passports, 26 identity cards, 24 residence permits and VISAs of European countries, 13 driving licenses, and receipts for money transfers and postal parcels. Of the travel documents, 15 were reported as lost or stolen on Europol and Interpol databases.

Following the collaboration of Greek authorities with the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency, it was revealed that the man had posted parcels from Greece to the UK with travel documents made out to third parties and of dubious authenticity.

The man was led before the judicial authorities for questioning.


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