European migrants: smuggling people, running guns to the Paris jihadis
Sweden charges three over smuggling of 170 migrants through Europe
[Ynet] Sweden has charged three men with organising the smuggling of 170 migrants in minibuses from northern Italy across the EU's open-border zone to Scandinavia, prosecutors said on Friday.
Prosecutors said they believed the trio hired minibuses and drivers to transport the mostly Syrian migrants to Scandinavia from Milan train station in Italy in 2014.
"There they were simply walking around and asking if someone wants to go to Sweden or other parts of Scandinavia," presiding prosecutor Isabelle Bjursten told Reuters.
She said the suspects typically charged around 500 euros ($560) per person while often letting children travel for free, and earned around 150,000 Swedish crowns ($17,500), she said.
Greek police arrest 19-year-old Afghan as migrant smuggler
[Ynet] Greek police say they arrested a 19-year-old Afghan on suspicion of attempting to smuggle five Iraqis out of the country to Bulgaria. A police statement Friday said he was arrested while allegedly guiding the Iraqis on foot toward the Bulgarian border.
A Greek official says authorities caught 107 people, mainly Syrian families, entering Greece across the Evros river forming the border with Turkey.
Man Caught Smuggling Arms Last November to Paris Goes on Trial in Germany
[AnNahar] A Montenegrin went on trial in southern Germany Friday accused of helping to prepare a terror attack after he was found driving to Paris last November with Kalashnikovs and explosives hidden in his car.
The 51-year-old was arrested during a routine check on a Bavaria motorway on November 5, just over a week before 130 people were killed in coordinated suicide bomb and gun attacks in the French capital. Police discovered a cache of weapons in his car, including eight Kalashnikovs, handguns, two hand grenades and 200 grammes of TNT explosives.
The accused, named as Vucelic V., told a Munich courtroom at the start of his trial that he was aware the weapons were in the car but he denied any knowledge of an attack being planned.
The destination entered in the VW Golf's sat-nav system showed an address in Paris, according to the indictment. The same address was found on a handwritten note in the car, along with a phone number for a contact person in France. While no direct link has been established between the man and the Paris attackers, prosecutors say he was fully aware the weapons were to be used for a planned terror attack.
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He stands accused of "acting as an accomplice in the preparation of a serious act of violence" threatening French state security. He also faces charges for the unlawful possession and transportation of assault weapons.
His trial is expected to last a week. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of three years and nine months, a court spokeswoman told AFP.
The November attacks in Paris were claimed by the Islamic State group.
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