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Two men from Caerphilly deny people smuggling charges

25 Mar 2024 1 minute read
Cardiff Crown Courts. Photo by Along time ago… is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Two men from Caerphilly have pleaded not guilty to running a people-smuggling ring which allegedly moved more than 500 illegal migrants across Europe.

Dilshad Shamo, 41, and Ali Khdir, 42, are accused of assisting unlawful immigration after an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Shamo and Khdir appeared before Cardiff Crown Court on Monday, where they entered not guilty pleas.

They are next expected to appear before the court on April 11 for a trial date to be fixed.

Both were remanded into custody.

Boats

They are alleged to have operated a people-smuggling ring from the UK, arranging the movement of migrants via boats, HGVs and cars from Iraq, Iran and Syria through the EU to Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Germany and France.

The NCA believes many of these migrants ended up in the UK.

Both Shamo and Khdir are alleged to have worked as part of a wider organised crime group.

The men were initially arrested in April 2023 and charged after answering bail on Sunday February 18.


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