Police uncover 23 refugees in a van in Hergiswil (NW) – rts.ch

Police uncover 23 refugees in a van in Hergiswil (NW) – rts.ch

The cantonal police of Nidwalden found on Monday 23 refugees from Afghanistan, India, Syria and Bangladesh in a van in Hergiswil (NW). They have been very tight, however alive. A suspected smuggler has been arrested.

The Italian-registered van was touring northbound on the A2 motorway when it was intercepted round 6:30 a.m. as a part of a heavy items car visitors test, Nidwalden police mentioned on Tuesday. The police found 23 refugees within the cargo space.

Standing, squeezed in a too cramped house, these individuals, aged between 20 and 50, had been driving for hours with none breaks or home windows to breathe recent air. The convoy had left from northern Italy and was to go to France, police mentioned.

The refugees have been taken to Nidwalden police headquarters. They’re interrogated there and given meals. In accordance with their explanations, they meant to journey to European international locations by crossing Switzerland.

The arrested smuggler

The alleged smuggler of the refugees, a 27-year-old Gambian dwelling in Italy, was arrested. A felony investigation has been opened in opposition to him for human trafficking. Throughout the first interrogation, he denied having knowingly transported the 23 individuals, signifies the pinnacle of the felony police.

The 23 individuals have been positioned within the heart for asylum seekers in Stansstad (NW). The Nidwalden authorities should resolve what to do subsequent.


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