Human smuggler busted while hiding refugees in wedding car in Turkey’s south
Salim Uzun - Antalya
A Mercedes Vito van was halted by the gendarmerie forces on the highway between Antalya and Burdur provinces early Aug. 29.
The vehicle was decorated like a wedding car, but eight Afghan and three Pakistani refugees came out of it, instead of a bride and a groom.
The refugees, as well as a Palestinian citizen who is the suspected human smuggler, have been detained.
“The car was suspicious, because it was a single wedding car, not a convoy, travelling in the middle of the night,” a gendarmerie source said on condition of anonymity.
While Afghan and Pakistani refugees are expected to be deported to their countries, the Palestinian citizen will face criminal charges in Turkey.