Human Smugglers

KOMOTINI, Greece, Sept 29, 2007 (AFP) – Greek border guards arrested 69 illegal immigrants and seven suspected people smugglers who were trying to enter the country from Turkey, police said on Saturday. The immigrants, all men aged between 25 and 45, were from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka.

The group had on Friday crossed the Evros river, which marks the border between Turkey and northeast Greece and is a common crossing point for illegal immigrants trying to reach western Europe.

The men will be taken to a detention centre while the Greek authorities decide whether to deport them.

The suspected people smugglers — two Greeks, an Albanian and four Turks — will be questioned by prosecutors.