A Hungarian court has sentenced an Iraqi human smuggler to four years and four months in jail and is banned from Hungary for five years.
According to reports, it came to pass during the trial in Debrecen that the person – only known as M.N. – is of Middle Eastern origin but holds Dutch citizenship.
M.N. is accused of trying to smuggle Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian citizens to western Europe in a van. The court has established that M.N. travelled to Romania to help citizens from third countries for financial gain and to transport them in Hungary after they crossed the Hungary-Romania border.
According to MTI, M.N. denies the charges and has lodged an appeal for his acquittal, stating that he had only picked up hitch-hikers near the village of Körösszegapáti, thinking that they were Hungarian workers.