Air­port staff part of racket

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The Greek Po­lice yes­ter­day said it has dis­man­tled an in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion that helped smug­gle un­doc­u­mented mi­grants from Turkey into Cen­tral and North­ern Europe via Irak­lio’s Nikos Kazantza­kis Air­port on the is­land of Crete. Af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion, author­i­ties ar­rested 11 sus­pects, two of whom are Greek na­tion­als re­ported to have been work­ing at the air­port and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the il­le­gal trans­fers. Ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the gang – which is be­lieved to have been ac­tive since 2014 – would charge mi­grants be­tween 2,500 and 4,000 eu­ros each to bring them from Turkey to Athens, then ferry them by boat to Crete be­fore ar­rang­ing for them to board flights to other Euro­pean coun­tries with forged travel doc­u­ments. The na­tion­al­i­ties of the other peo­ple ar­rested are Syr­ian, Iraqi and Le­banese.

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