An archival image of a police operation in Trieste, Italy | Photo: ANSA/Ufficio Stampa Polizia Di Stato
An archival image of a police operation in Trieste, Italy | Photo: ANSA/Ufficio Stampa Polizia Di Stato

A Slovenian woman was arrested by Italian police in border city of Trieste this week. She allegedly drove five immigrants from Slovenia to Italy in exchange for 1,500 euros.

Border police in Trieste, northeastern Italy, arrested a 63-year-old Slovenian woman on April 19. The woman is accused of driving five immigrants -- first a group of three and then two others -- from Slovenia to Italy in her car for a total of 1,500 euros.

The woman has been charged with aiding and abetting illegal immigration, investigative sources said.

Bangladeshi migrants aged 16 to 37

Authorities said the migrants were all Bangladeshi nationals and men aged 16 to 37. They were taken to a hosting facility for medical checkups. They are under investigation for allegedly violating immigration laws because they did not have the documents to legally enter Italy.

After being questioned, the migrants reportedly said they intend to apply for international protection. The car used to take them across the border has been seized by authorities.

Woman jailed on 'abetting illegal immigration' charges

Investigators said the operation against the suspects started when officers patrolling on the outskirts of Trieste noticed a car with a Slovenian license plate driving out of the supermarket's parking lot and then three foreigners at a bus stop close to a supermarket.

After about an hour, the same car reportedly returned to the parking lot and two migrants got out. The driver was then stopped by plainclothes officers, arrested and taken to jail in Trieste.

 

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