Bulgaria arrests four over illegal immigrant trafficking scheme after TV investigation

Bulgarian police have arrested four men – two Palestinians and two Syrians – after a television investigation exposed an alleged scheme for trafficking illegal immigrants through Bulgaria to countries to the west, mainly Serbia, Austria and Hungary.

The four arrested had come from Turkey illegally and two were to go on to Serbia.

An investigation by public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television found that a people-smuggling operation was based in capital city Sofia’s Zaharna Fabrika area, where refugees illegally entering Bulgaria from Middle Eastern countries were lodged pending their departure westwards.

The investigation also found that there were Bulgarians assisting in the illegal operation.

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