February 8, 2018

120 Ukrainians detained in Greece for migrant smuggling

120 citizens of Ukraine were detained in Greece for migrant smuggling. 

It was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in the column for European Pravda. 

The Minister informed that Ukrainian sailors transport illegal migrants and will get punishment for this in Greece… “First of all, I would like to indicate that there are 120 prisoners, not 200, although this does not make the problem less urgent,” the Minister wrote. 

According to Mr. Klimkin, the Embassy of Ukraine and the consular officers control each of the arrested or convicted persons. During the investigation and trial, each Ukrainian had a lawyer and interpreter knowing Ukrainian or Russian.

 42 persons have already been convicted and sentenced to 8 to 25 years of imprisonment, the director of the Department of Consular Service under the MFA Serhii Pohoreltsev specified on Thursday, Interfax-Ukraine informs. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasizes: the talks between the consuls and the arrested persons indicated that the absolute majority of them committed the crime deliberately and understood that they dealt with the international mafia. 

Mr. Klimkin noted that it was confirmed also by the fact that none of them did not dare to inform where, how and who had involved them into the criminal activity and how the migrant smuggling network was functioning. 

“I want to warn the potential offenders: the cooperation with mafia will inevitably lead you to a catastrophe. Mafia uses you and will eventually betray you. It is senseless to expect its assistance. Miracles just don’t happen,” the Minister emphasized.