athens - Heavy prison sentences for a gang of people smugglers in Greece. Two Afghans and a Syrian are sentenced to no less than 360 years in prison on Crete. An Iraqi henchman was given 357 years in prison. They must each also pay a million euro fine. The level of the penalty is especially symbolic, because they have to be released after 25 years.
Seven other smugglers were sentenced to six to twelve years in prison. Six Greeks who helped them, including a policeman, must therefore spend one to five years on water and bread.
The gang had smuggled 112 refugees from countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran. They were hidden in caves and farms in Crete. There they lived under miserable conditions. The intention was that they would be smuggled to Italy, and from there to Great Britain or Northern Europe. In March last year, the Greek and British authorities had found 112 migrants.
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