(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Three men arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the attempted smuggling of 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on a fishing vessel have today been charged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.12: The Crown Prosecution Service has now authorised charges of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration, and they will appear before Southend Magistrates later today:

NCA Update: Three charged in investigation into Harwich fishing boat people smuggling event: The trio, Arturas Jusas, aged 34, a Lithuanian national of Wandsworth Road, Lambeth; Kfir Ivgi, 32, an Israeli national living in Corrigan Close, Finchley; and Sergejs Kuliss, 39, of Hartlake Road, Tonbridge in Kent, were detained by officers in a series of raids yesterday [8 June].

Update: 09 June 2021

The operation follows the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on 17 November last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The boat had sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers.

It was escorted into Harwich where the three crew, a Latvian national and two Ukrainian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. They were subsequently charged.

08 June 2021

Three men have been arrested in London and the south east as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the attempted smuggling of 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on board a fishing vessel in November 2020.

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The trio, a 34-year-old Lithuanian national living in Lambeth, a 32-year-old Israeli national living in Finchley and a 39-year-old Latvian national living in Kent, were detained by NCA officers in a series of raids this morning.

They are now being questioned on suspicion of attempting to facilitate illegal immigration.

The arrests follow the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on 17 November last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The boat had sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers, who were offloaded in Harwich to be dealt with by the immigration authorities.

The three crew members, a Latvian national and two Ukrainian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration and were subsequently charged.

NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: Those arrested today are suspected of having played a key role in the events which led up to the interception of the Svanic in November last year: This was a serious attempt to breach the UK’s border controls, and our investigation into that incident continues: But today’s activity once again demonstrates our determination to disrupt and dismantle people smuggling networks wherever they are operating. It is a key priority for the NCA.”

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.12: 2021:

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` Macedonia Votes in Parliamentary Elections with the SEC Appealing for Free and Democratic Voting ‘

#AceWorldNews – MACEDONIA – April 27 – Today the citizens of Macedonia are to choose between two presidential candidates, Gjorge Ivanov from VMRO-DPMNE and Stevo Pendarovski from the Macedonian opposition, the Independent Balkan News Agency reports. In the first round of the presidential elections, Ivanov won 449 442 votes while Pendarovski won 326 164 votes.

Pendarovski has called on Albanians to support his candidacy.

But, on the other hand, the largest Albanian party, BDI, has called on its voters not to vote any of the presidential candidates. This stance has also been articulated by other Albanian parties.

Macedonia’s State Election Commission (SEC) appealed for free and democratic elections and for people to be able to vote freely.

Ace Related News:
1. Sophia Globe – April 27 – http://tinyurl.com/or9sm3h
2. Balkan News Agency – April 27 – http://tinyurl.com/pkhg3b6

#ANS2014

#albanian, #bdi, #macedonia

` EU Backed Special Tribunal ' for Trial of ` Albanian Guerillas ' accused of ` Harvesting Organs ' from Murdered Serbs'

#AceWorldNews – KOSOVO – April 04 – Western officials are considering a plan for an EU-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, Reuters reported.

RT reports that Saturday’s edition of the Kosovo daily, Koha Ditore, will carry an interview with Jonathan Moore, director of the US State Department’s Office of South-Central European Affairs, who said preparations were under way with EU participation for a court based in Kosovo.

BELGRADE – The Serbian Office of the Prosecutor for War Crimes has welcomed the information by Tanjug that came from Brussels, which says that those from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) indicted for the crimes listed in the report by Dick Marty will be tried in The Hague, and not in Pristina.

The majority of the work will be done outside Kosovo, meaning witnesses will give testimony abroad to protect them.

The move to stage a court stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur, Dick Marty.

#ANS2014

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