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SBU blocks Ukraine-EU illegal migration channel for foreigners

Officers of the SBU Main Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime blocked illegal migration channel of foreigners to EU countries.

SBU operatives established that three Ukrainian citizens were looking for candidates to travel to Europe among those who illegally arrived from countries of high terrorist risk. For such ‘transit’, the criminals forged foreign passports for their ‘clients’. The set of documents cost reached USD 8,000-16,000.

Law enforcers detained the organizer of the criminal business, a native of one of a Middle East country, as well as both his accomplices, in Kyiv, on handing over another forged passport and receiving USD 8,000 ‘deposit’ for the next order.

In the course of authorized investigations at the criminals’ places of residence, at the office belonging to the organizer, and inside the vehicles of the persons involved, the law enforcement officers exposed a stash of forged passports of citizens of Ukraine, forms of registration certificates and data storage devices confirming the illegal activity.

Currently the detainees are served a notice of suspicion in committing crimes stipulated by Part 3 Article 332, Part 2 Article 15, Part 3 Article 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The issue of choosing a custody as a measure of restraint is currently being settled.

The operation was conducted jointly with the police investigators under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office of Kyiv region.

Investigative actions are under way.

SBU Press Centre


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