(LONDON) Chelmsford Crown Court Report: Four men have been sentenced to 35 years in prison for people smuggling and who plotted to bring hundreds of migrants into the UK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.23: Working with partners like Border Force and Immigration Enforcement, we will relentlessly pursue people smugglers and bring them before the courts to face the consequence of their actions.”

#AceDailyNews says according to an NCA News Report: A London-based crime group which tried to smuggle 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on a decrepit fishing vessel – and planned to bring in 50 more every week – have been jailed.

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The crime group were involved in the smuggling attempt on 17 November last year when the 30-metre converted trawler ’Svanic’ was intercepted off the Norfolk coast.

The boat – built nearly 60 years ago and with a lifeboat for just 20 people – had set sail from the Ostend area of Belgium and was heading towards Great Yarmouth.

It was escorted into Harwich international port in an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force, HM Coastguard, Immigration Enforcement and Essex Police.

The NCA had been alerted to the vessel by the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre in Lisbon. MAOC received a report of suspicious activity from the Swedish authorities who had to assist the Svanic after it ran aground 15 days prior to picking up the migrants.

The vessel, which had been purchased in Latvia for around 20,000 euros in October 2020, was to run aground a second time before collecting the migrants in Belgium.

The three crew members – Igor Kosyi, aged 57, and Volodymyr Mykhailov, 49, both from Ukraine, and Alexsandrs Gulpe, 44, from Latvia – were arrested by the NCA on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. The 69 migrants were handed to Immigration Enforcement.

NCA investigators seized a laptop from the vessel, which enabled them to identify the UK-based gang which had orchestrated the attempt.

The computer had been given to the crew by Latvian national Sergejs Kuliss, 32, of Albert Basin Way, Newham, London. Phone evidence showed Kuliss was in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the night of the smuggling attempt, awaiting the arrival of the boat. 

During the day Kuliss had been in contact with fellow conspirators Lithuanian national Arturas Jusas, 35, living in Lambeth, and Israeli national Kfir Ivgi, 39, from Finchley.

Messages found on their phones showed the three men spent weeks discussing their plans to invest in a boat for the purpose of smuggling people, with Jusas claiming ‘from first trip we’re going to get the money back’.

Once the Svanic had been identified as a possible purchase Kuliss sent a sequence of photographs and videos of the boat to Jusas, which he forwarded to Ivgi. He replied: ‘Yes, yes, yes…I don’t care how it looks like, it’s good’, indicating he didn’t care about the condition of the vessel.

In one audio messages found on his phone following his arrest, Jusas boasted to Ivgi that he planned to ‘bring every week 50 people’. Other messages showed he was in contact with people on the ‘other side’ who wanted to move migrants to the UK.

The trio had also scoped out potential landing sites for the vessel, which had only 21 lifejackets on board, eventually settling on Great Yarmouth.

After the interception the gang shared online news reports about the incident with each other, with Ivgi messaging Jusas to say ‘clean the…phone’.

Jusas, Ivgi and Kuliss were arrested during a series of NCA raids in June this year after investigators were able to piece together their involvement in the plot.

They were charged alongside Kosyi, Mykhailov, and Gulpe with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration.

Jusas pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on 6 August, but following an eight-week week trial at the same court Ivgi, Kuliss, Gulpe and Kosyi were found guilty on 17 November – exactly a year since the boat was intercepted.

Volodymyr Mykhailov was found not guilty.

Jusas, Ivgi, Kuliss and Kosyi were sentenced at the same court today (21 December). Gulpe’s sentencing was adjourned to a later date.

NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said: “These men had no qualms about trying to smuggle vulnerable migrants on board an unseaworthy vessel, with ambitions to bring in hundreds more using this deadly method.

“Their sole motivation was monetary greed so I’m delighted they are now beginning lengthy jail terms for these despicable crimes.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Dec.23: 2021:

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(LONDON) Chelmsford Crown Court Report: A London-based crime group who tried to smuggle 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on a dilapidated fishing vessel – and planned to bring in 50 more every week – have been convicted #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: The 30-metre converted trawler ‘Svanic’ was intercepted off the Norfolk coast on 17 November last year: The boat – built nearly 60 years ago and with a lifeboat for just 20 people – had set sail from the Ostend area of Belgium and was heading towards Great Yarmouth: It was escorted into Harwich international port in an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force, HM Coastguard, Immigration Enforcement and Essex Police……

#AceDailyNews NCA Court Report: ‘Crime Group Convicted’ for people smuggling of Albanians into UK who plotted to bring hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK

Svanic fishing trawler

The NCA had been alerted to the vessel by the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre in Lisbon:

MAOC received a report of suspicious activity from the Swedish authorities who had to assist the Svanic after it ran aground 15 days prior to picking up the migrants.

The vessel, which had been purchased in Latvia for around 20,000 euros in October 2020, was to run aground a second time before collecting the migrants in Belgium.

The three crew members – Igor Kosyi, aged 56, and Volodymyr Mykhailov, 49, both from Ukraine, and Alexsandrs Gulpe, 44, from Latvia – were arrested by the NCA on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. The 69 migrants were handed to Immigration Enforcement.

NCA investigators seized a laptop from the vessel, which enabled them to identify the UK-based gang which had orchestrated the attempt.

The computer had been given to the crew by Latvian national Sergejs Kuliss, 32, of Albert Basin Way, Newham, London. Phone evidence showed Kuliss was in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the night of the smuggling attempt, awaiting the arrival of the boat.

Throughout the day Kuliss had been in contact with fellow conspirators Lithuanian national Arturas Jusas, 35, living in Lambeth, and Israeli national Kfir Ivgi, 39, from Finchley.

Messages found on their phones showed the three men spent weeks discussing their plans to invest in a boat for the purpose of smuggling people, with Jusas claiming ‘from first trip we’re going to get the money back’.

Once the Svanic had been identified as a possible purchase Kuliss sent a sequence of photographs and videos of the boat to Jusas, which he forwarded to Ivgi. He replied: ‘Yes, yes, yes…I don’t care how it looks like, it’s good’, indicating he didn’t care about the condition of the vessel.

In one audio messages found on his phone following his arrest, Jusas boasted to Ivgi that he planned to ‘bring every week 50 people’. Other messages showed he was in contact with people on the ‘other side’ who wanted to move migrants to the UK.

The trio had also scoped out potential landing sites for the vessel, which had only 21 lifejackets on board, eventually settling on Great Yarmouth.

After the interception the gang shared online news reports about the incident with each other, with Ivgi messaging Jusas to say ‘clean the…phone’.

Jusas, Ivgi and Kuliss were arrested during a series of NCA raids in June this year after investigators were able to piece together their involvement in the plot.

They were charged alongside Kosyi, Mykhailov, and Gulpe with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration.

Jusas pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on 6 August, but following an eight-week week trial at the same court Ivgi, Kuliss, Gulpe and Kosyi were found guilty today (17 November) – exactly a year since the boat was intercepted.

Volodymyr Mykhailov was found not guilty.

Jusas and the four convicted will be sentenced at a later date.

David Fairclough, Deputy Director, Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigation, said:

” There is no stronger example of how organised criminals are prepared to risk the lives of the people they smuggle for profit.

“The Svanic was in an appalling condition, and in no fit state to make the perilous journey from Belgium to the UK. Had it got into trouble, the consequences could have been fatal as there was only one lifeboat and 21 lifejackets.

“The dangers wouldn’t have crossed the minds of these men, whose sole motive was to line their pockets. They were planning to use this deathtrap over and over again.

“Cases like these strengthen our resolve to come down hard on the organised criminals behind people smuggling, who ply their trade on exploitation and misery.”

NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said:

” These callous criminals had big plans to orchestrate a lucrative criminal operation at the expense of people’s safety using an unseaworthy vessel with only 20 lifejackets onboard.

“It is sickening that criminal gangs like this have no regard for the value of human life only seeing them as a way to make money. As recent tragic events show these journeys are unnecessary, perilous, and sadly sometimes fatal.

“Thanks to the culmination of efforts across the Home Office and NCA, we’ve slammed the breaks on this ruthless crime gang, and they will now receive the justice they deserve.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.20: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A 42-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years, after admitting a conspiracy to supply cocaine and launder thousands of pounds following an investigation by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.25: The investigation was launched after OCP officers analysed messages shared by Patru on EncroChat – the encrypted messaging platform that was brought down last year as part of Operation Venetic:

#AceDailyNews says ….Officers in Operation #Venetic a key-player in #EncroChat drugs and money laundering conspiracy jailed: Ervin Patru, from Albania, was arrested at his home in Harrow by officers from the OCP – a joint partnership between the NCA & MET in December 2020.

Updated: 23 June 2021

Using the handle ‘veteranbeer’, Patru exchanged 14,000 lines of messages about selling Class A drugs: In the messages Patru displays nervousness over law-enforcement activity and tells associates he was ‘frightened’ into briefly ceasing his communications: Messages were also found linking Patru to a previous OCP arrest, during which an Albanian national was found with 4 kilos of cocaine following a high-speed police chase. The ‘veteranbeer’ alias speaks of 4 ‘packets of ours’ which ‘got seized’ and expresses relief that a ‘fallen’ associate did not ‘talk’ and ‘**** everything up:

Patru was charged on 11 December 2020 with Class A drug supply and money laundering offences and remanded in custody: He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced yesterday (22/06/2021) at Harrow Crown Court to 15 years in prison:

OCP Operations Manager Matt McMillan said: Disrupting the communications between criminals on digital platforms is a crucial part of preventing illegal drugs from reaching streets in the UK: The apprehensive tone of Patru’s messages indicates the success of our collective efforts to disrupt the trade in class A drugs, which fuels violence and exploitation: This investigation is yet another example of the NCA and Met Police working together to protect the public.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.25: 2021:

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(TIRANA, Albania.) JUST IN: President Ilir Meta has cancelled local elections after months of anti-government protests.Mr Meta said the political situation would not allow for fair elections, scheduled for 30 June #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.09: The announcement came after weeks of protests aimed at forcing socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama stand down: Mr Rama insists elections will go ahead as planned. For months now, Mr Rama has been at odds with the president – a former coalition ally: President Meta’s announcement came shortly before protesters, some who had been throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers outside parliament in the capital Tirana, were dispersed by police firing tear gas: Opposition groups accuse the prime minister of electoral fraud and corruption, and have called for an early general election: They also want to see the creation of a transitional government, and have refused to negotiate with the prime minister: Lulzim Basha, the leader of opposition Democratic Party, has urged crowds to continue protests until Mr Rama steps down BBC News reported.

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Petrol bombs hurled at Albanian prime minister’s office earlier this year

He told thousands of supporters in Tirana that the president’s decision to call off elections was the “first result of our battle against Edi Rama”. Opposition parties had planned to boycott the poll: Mr Rama has led the country since 2013.

The international community has called for Albania’s political parties to refrain from violence and open a dialogue: Many figures, including President Meta, have said the ongoing political division threatens Albania’s aspiration to join the EU.

In a statement on Saturday, President Meta appealed for opposition leaders to conduct protests “in a completely peaceful way”.Member states of the EU will vote in the coming weeks on whether to open accession talks with the Balkan nation.

Anti-govt demonstrators flee from tear gas outside of the Albanian Parliament building in Tirana, which police used on the crowd of protesters after they turned violent, throwing fireworks and smoke bombs at the Office of PM Edi Rama.

#Tirana #Albania Alert: A large demonstration is expected to take place near the Prime Minister’s Office on June 8 beginning around 7 PM. Recent demonstrations have included violence. Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds. http://ow.ly/5Z8A50uzgcT pic.twitter.com/UM9yVLXFD2

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: June.09: 2019:

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ALBANIA: ‘ Muslims and Christians Co-Existing and Working Together for One Church ‘

#AceWorldNews (Editors Choice) – ALBANIA (Derven) – September 20 – The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul.

Church of St Nicholas Shen Koll

Church of St Nicholas Shen Koll

Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims.

Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model for the Middle East and other parts of the world where Christians are  being targeted by Islamic militants.

Albania’s experience is particularly remarkable given the brutal persecution people of all faiths endured under communism, when all religious practice was banned.

Shen Koll

Shen Koll

The cottage-like church in Derven, known as Shen Koll in Albanian, sits next  to the hilltop cemetery of the Cypi family, a large Catholic one that has lived in the region for generations.

The church was first destroyed a century ago, rebuilt  and destroyed again in 1957 by the communists.

The Cypi family (pronounced Tchypee) rebuilt it, and the communists  used it as a storage depot until 1978, when the regime had it destroyed after learning that people still prayed there, said Pashk Cypi, the family’s 70-year-old patriarch.

The family decided to rebuild it for the third time last year.

Associated Press 

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CZECHOSLOVAKIA: ‘ Czech Republic Supply Iraqi Kurds With Ammunition’

#AceWorldNews – CZECHOSLOVAKIA – September 07 – The Czech Republic will supply Iraq’s Kurds with ammunition worth over US$2 million, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said in televised statement on Sunday.

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As quoted by RIA Novosti.Right after Iraq’s new government begins its work, which is planned for September 14, I will visit the country for talks on the supply of weapons, the first tranche of which has already been approved by the Czech government.  

Czech Republic Supply Iraqi Kurds With Ammunition

The cost of the first delivery is over 40 million korunas (or $2 million), but it is gratuitous on our part,Zaoralek said.

On Wednesday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said that Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Canada, and Albania will provide “arms and equipment” to Kurdistan, northern Iraq, which joined the central Baghdad government in the fight against Islamic State militants, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS/ISIL)

#ANS2014

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” Creation is Not Just For Our Purpose But God Had a Reason”

English: RPMNF's ROV recording the 4th-century...

English: RPMNF’s ROV recording the 4th-century CE Joni wreck site in Albania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceEnvironmentNews says LS of CHICAGO — Oysters, barnacles and corals that cling to ancient artifacts strewn about the seafloor are often a scourge in the eyes of marine archaeologists; researchers might spend days carefully scraping stubborn life forms off vases pulled from shipwreck sites. But some scientists say these nuisances deserve more attention.

English: RPMNF Expedition Areas 2012

English: RPMNF Expedition Areas 2012 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The RPM Nautical Foundation is starting to document the creatures clung to ancient ceramic amphoras, as they map shipwrecks throughout the Mediterranean. These new data points promise to help scientists learn more about the region’s underwater ecology and history, Derek Smith, a researcher at the University of Washington and RPM team member, explained here Friday (Jan. 3) at the Archaeological Institute of America‘s annual meeting.

To study how species spread and colonize in different underwater regions, ecologists traditionally lay down small square tiles and return to them in a year or so to see what’s latched on, but amphoras are actually a much better proxy for the natural environment, Smith said. [See Underwater Photos of the Life Thriving on Ancient Vases]

“The amphoras have shape to them, they’ve got little cracks and crevices, they’ve got an interior and an exterior space, they’ve got different material types like different clays from around the region — things like that inspire all different communities to show up,” Smith told LiveScience. “So looking at things that have been in the ocean for 2,000 years versus one year on a settlement tile provides clues to settlement and recruitment processes that you can’t get anywhere else in ecology.”

Courtesy of: LS

 

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