Po­lice ar­rest 12 linked to ma­jor smug­gling ring

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Greek po­lice said yesterday that they have ar­rested 12 sus­pected mem­bers of a racket that forged doc­u­ments for mi­grants try­ing to travel to­ward Western Europe, de­scrib­ing the gang as one of the big­gest and most or­ga­nized cur­rently op­er­at­ing in Greece. The sus­pects – nine Pak­ista­nis, an Egyp­tian na­tional, an Iraqi and a Syr­ian – were de­tained fol­low­ing raids on sev­eral Athens apart­ments and were ex­pected to face a pros­e­cu­tor later in the day. Of­fi­cers said they were seek­ing another 30 sus­pected racket mem­bers in Greece as well as ac­com­plices in neigh­bor­ing Tur­key. The al­leged smug­glers worked in six teams, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, or­ga­niz­ing travel for mi­grants and refugees from Tur­key to Kos, in the eastern Aegean, and then from Greece to the For­mer Yu­goslav Re­pub­lic of Mace­do­nia and then Italy. Each mi­grant paid the racket 3,000 eu­ros for their ser­vices.

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