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Eleven referred for trial in connection with people smuggling

Eleven people have been referred to trial before the Nicosia Criminal Court in connection with people smuggling, police said on Friday.

The first hearing was set for May 27.

Ten of the defendants, which include two doctors, the head of a community, and a woman, thought to be the ring leader, were freed on bail.

One will remain in custody until the trial.

The defendants are suspected of charging Indian workers thousands of euros to bring them to Cyprus. Non-European Union nationals need a visa to enter and work in the country.

The workers were registered as help mainly for elderly people who apparently had no idea. Their identity numbers were allegedly obtained by the woman.




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