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Seven go on trial for people smuggling

Seven men, all foreign nationals, go on trial in Oulu District Court on Monday for their alleged roles in an international human smuggling operation that illegally brought Iraqis to Finland, via Turkey and Greece.

Oulun poliisi- ja oikeustalo ja sen pysäköintialue.
The Oulu District Court building. Image: Tiina-Leena Kurki / Yle

The seven are all being tried on charges of aggravated facilitation of illegal entry into Finland stemming from alleged human smuggling operations in the autumn of 2015. Two are also charged with aggravated fraud.

 All of the accused have denied the charges.

According to prosecutors, the accused belonged to an international criminal group and illegally organised travel and entry for several Iraqis to Finland, via Turkey and Greece.

A verdict in the case is expected in six weeks.

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