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Five East London taxi drivers ‘involved in a people smuggling operation’ appear in court

Five east London taxi drivers ‘involved in a people smuggling operation which transported migrants in and out of the UK using lorries’ appear in court

  • The charges follow the investigation by the National Crime Agency Operation Symbolry
  • The investigation focused on a London-based gang involved in migrant smuggling
  • The five men are aged between 40 and 52 and all live in east London
  • They appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court and were released on bail

Five London taxi drivers charged with human trafficking offenses have appeared in court.

The charges follow an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA), dubbed Operation Symbolry, into a London-based gang involved in smuggling migrants into and out of the UK using trucks.

The five men, aged between 40 and 52 and all living in east London, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.

Alauddin Ahmad, 49, from Shadwell, east London, is charged with five counts of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration.

The five men, aged 40 to 52 and all living in east London, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court (pictured)

Ahknu Hussain, 48, from Spitalfields, east London, is charged with four counts of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration.

Amran Hussain, 40, of Bromley-by-Bow, Fozol Miah, 41, of Ilford, and Kaysor Miah, 52, of Poplar, across east London, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration.

They have all been released on bail to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court later this month.

Taxi drivers are accused of moving migrants to and from meeting points with heavy goods vehicles which would then be used to smuggle them across the English Channel. A number of trucks were then intercepted by the NCA.

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