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Three men charged for human smuggling
Three people accused of smuggling 69 Albanian nationals into Essex on a fishing boat have been charged on June 10. On November 17, 2020, the 'Svanic' was intercepted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) off the coast of East Anglia and brought into the Harwich International Port. NCA agents inspecting the vessel found 69 Albanian nationals aboard. All of them were arrested, in addition to three crew members, two of whom were from Ukraine and one from Latvia. Following further investigation, the NCA made further arrests in connection with the incident this week. On June 8, the 34-year-old Lithuanian national Arturas Jusas of Wandsworth Road, Lambeth, 32-year-old Israeli national Kfir Ivgi, living in Corrigan Close, Finchley and 39-year-old Sergejs Kuliss, of Hartlake Road, Tonbridge in Kent were arrested during NCA raids across the south east. On June 10 they appeared at Southend Magistrates Court and were charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration. NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: "Those arrested today are suspected of having played a key role in the events which led up to the interception of the Svanic in November last year. This was a serious attempt to breach the UK’s border controls, and our investigation into that incident continues."
Kent man charged over people smuggling plot
A Kent man is accused of masterminding a plot to smuggle 69 Albanians into the UK aboard the 'Svanic'. Sergejs Kuliss, 39, of Hartlake Road, Tonbridge, was arrested alongside alleged accomplices 34-year-old Lithuanian Arturas Jusas, of Lambeth, and Israeli Kfir Ivgi, 32, of Finchley, during a series of raids on June 9. All three have now been charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration and will appear at Southend Magistrates' Court. The operation follows the interception of the 'Svanic' off the coast of East Anglia on Nov 17, 2020, as part of a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force. The boat had sailed from the Ostend area. It was escorted into Harwich where the three crew, a Latvian national and two Ukrainian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. They were subsequently charged.
Seven Albanian nationals have appeared in court after the 'Svanic' was intercepted
Seven Albanian nationals have appeared in court after the 'Svanic' with 69 migrants on board was intercepted off Great Yarmouth. UK law enforcement agencies arrested all 72 people on board the fishing vessel sailing from Ostend, including three crew on suspicion of people smuggling, oin the morning of Nov 18. A Latvian national and two Ukrainian nationals were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. Border Force cutters intercepted the ship off Great Yarmouth and took it under control late on Nov 17, before escorting the vessel into Harwich harbour in the early hours of the following morning. Seven men appeared before Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, charged with knowingly entering the United Kingdom without leave, under the Immigration Act 1971. Ledjan Lleshi, 29, Eneert Vezi, 29, Ergi Gremi, 23, Erest Gjika, 19, and Kristian Paplekaj, 27, all appeared on video link from Martlesham Heath police investigation centre and entered guilty pleas to the charge.Upload News