Thursday, June 07, 2007

Court pronounces verdicts to three involved in human smuggling

The five-member Trial Chamber of the Kumanovo District Court sentenced today three persons tried for human smuggling to a total of six years in prison.

The prime suspect Shakil Ismailovski was sentenced to four years in jail for organizing and enticing human smuggling, while Strahil Andasarov and Kosta Georgiev got one year each for smuggling, i.e. providing transportation to immigrants.

The Trial Chamber, chaired by judge Mile Popovski, rejected the request of the prosecutor Nikola Spiridonovski for extension of the convict's temporary detention until verdicts go into effect, as well as for confiscation of their mobile phones and two vehicles. However, the prime suspect Ismailovski has been deprived of his passport to ensure his availability to the authorities.

Defense lawyers unveiled intention to appeal the verdicts.

The three convicts were arrested on 9 May, 2007, while transporting seven Chinese citizens, from the village of Lojane to Gevgelija, intending to bring the immigrants into Greece illegally.

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