Smuggler Hides Asylum Seekers In Back Of Refrigerated Truck

A gang ringleader has been jailed for smuggling hundreds of migrants, including children, into Britain inside refrigerated lorries.   Alket Dauti, a UK-based Albanian, worked with corrupt lorry drivers to bring people into the country illegally via the Channel ports.

He was arrested in June at his home in Penge, south-east London, as part of a joint UK-Belgian investigation into organised crime.  

The 31-year-old was convicted in his absence by a court in Belgium last month and has now been sent there to serve his ten year sentence and also been fined £625,000.

Two other men, described as his 'lieu­tenants', were Sentenced to eight years each and await extradition. Belgian prosecutors believe the gang made hun­dreds of attempts to smuggle migrants into the UK.

Only some were stopped by the Border Force. The National Crime Agency's Andrea Wilson said: 'Dauti treated desperate migrants as commodities he could make money from. He was perfectly happy to risk their lives on incredibly danger­ous journeys in the backs of lorries.'

She added: 'Through our close work­ing with the Belgian Federal Police and prosecutors, we have taken out a sig­nificant organised crime group involved in bringing migrants to the UK illegally. Dauti was head of that group.'

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