Immigration crime network put out of action
- Published on Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:00
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
The 2 masterminds behind an international people smuggling system were today handed a combined 13 years and 4 months of prison time.
Khalilullah Aminullah and Abdul Mahmood Abdul Sami (also known as Abdul Mahmood Noori) facilitated the attempted illegal entry of at least 43 people, primarily Afghan nationals, to European countries including the UK.
They charged between £15,000 and £20,000 per person for the service, and in return, individuals seeking to enter European countries illegally would be assisted in circumventing immigration controls at worldwide travel locations including Moscow, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo.
A 2 year investigation by us, SOCA and international partners resulted in the disruption of their criminal network, the prevention of several attempts to evade UK border controls, and the arrrest of Aminullah and Sami, both who pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
Following sentencing at Croydon crown court, Paul Jenkins, regional head of investigations, SOCA said:
'This complex investigation dismantled a crime group seeking to generate large profits from the organised abuse of immigration and asylum processes.
'The successful collaboration of national and international law enforcement bodies demonstrates the emphatic cross-border response that anyone engaging in this type of organised crime can expect. Aminullah and Sami have lost their liberty for several years, and having put themselves on SOCA's radar, they won't be leaving it.'
Richard Goodman, director of overseas operations, UK Border Agency said:
'Our network of officers abroad played a key role in bringing down this criminal network, and we are delighted these two men have now faced justice. Working with our law enforcement partners like SOCA and the police we are determined to tackle the organised criminals who try to make money from preying on the vulnerable and treating people as commodities.'
Though based in west London, Aminullah and Sami travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe to coordinate their criminal activity.
Associates of Aminullah and Sami would travel with the migrants, providing them with different false, stolen or forged identity documents at each stage of their itineraries. On the final leg of their journey, the travel documents would either be destroyed or handed back to the handlers and the migrants would claim asylum at the end destination.
Source: ©Home Office