A 46-year-old Pole, suspected of smuggling Syrians to Europe, has been detained in Warsaw.
Dariusz Z. (surname withheld under Polish privacy laws) was arrested in Warsaw’s Targówek district on a European Arrest Warrant by the Police Central Bureau of Investigation (CBŚP). The man was wanted by the Austrian police. The suspect “was taken to the prosecutor’s office and then to court. Now he will wait for the process of extradition to Austria,” said Agnieszka Hamelusz , the spokeswoman for CBŚP.
Investigators have found that the smuggling of migrants from Syria took place through Russia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, among others. The ongoing civil war in Syria has led to an increasing numbers of refugees and immigrants turning to human smuggling operations as a way to seek sanctuary in Europe. In 2015 alone, over one million migrants reached the continent.