Migrants attempting to cross into Croatia near the Maljevac border crossing | PICTURE: ARCHIVE/FEHIM DEMIR
Migrants attempting to cross into Croatia near the Maljevac border crossing | PICTURE: ARCHIVE/FEHIM DEMIR

Authorities in three countries on the so Balkan Route have arrested the alleged members of a migrant trafficking network operating in the region. Among those arrested were two Turkish nationals.

 

Police in three Balkans countries have arrested suspected members of an alleged human trafficking ring accused of smuggling migrants trying to reach Western Europe, according to local media reports.

About 21 people have reportedly  been arrested as part of the months-long operation, including 17 in Montenegro, three in Bosnia-Herzegovina and one in Croatia. Two police officers were among the suspects detained in Montenegro. 

Alleged smuggler fleeing Slovenia detained in Trieste 

A 26-year-old Albanian national was arrested by Italian police in Trieste as part of the operation on charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Police arrested the man after he failed to stop at a checkpoint near Lokev. The suspect lost control of his car and ended up in a ditch while traveling to Basovizza. 

Italian police found two undocumented Turkish citizens in his car. The Turkish nationals will be returned to Slovenia as part of a bilateral agreement between Italy and the country, authorities said. 
 

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