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Thu, 05 Feb, 2015 12:09:45 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Feb 5
A Swedish man suspected of smuggling a boy aged 11 has been detained in the country.
Lead investigator Jan Sundell from the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard District said the suspect, estimated to be about 50 years old, had arrived with the boy from the Middle East via Singapore.
The man’s journey with the boy was supposed to continue from the country to Sweden, which was apparently the final destination.
According to Sundell, the two had presented themselves as father and son. However, their behaviour raised suspicions among the immigration authorities at the Helsinki Airport.
The suspect had presented a passport which belonged to someone else, claiming it was the boy’s.
Sundell said the boy had apparently been sent along the man to head to Sweden, and the rest of the family were to follow behind. The man and the boy were not known to each other before the journey.
The man is suspected of involvement in smuggling in a few other cases. He is also suspected of working for money and of being part of an organised crime group.
The Finnish Border Guard took the man into custody at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport last Saturday. The authorities did not reveal the case until Wednesday, said the news agency Xinhua quoting Yle.
The Finnish newspaper Aamulehti said the Swede was transferred to Vantaa district court for custody on Tuesday, on suspicion of aggravated facilitation of illegal entry, said Xinhua.
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