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Fake Diplomats on Private Planes Reveal Migrant Smuggling Ring

The seized aircraft in Belgium.

The seized aircraft in Belgium.

Source: Eurojust 

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European authorities said they busted a criminal network that smuggled migrants onto the continent by flying them on private aircraft from Turkey with fake diplomatic passports.

The official destinations of the trips, usually the Caribbean, were never reached, said Eurojust, the European Union’s agency for criminal justice cooperation. During stopovers at different European airports, the migrants left the plane, disposed of their false passports and applied for asylum.