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The case began to unravel after a person was caught entering Finland with forged personal documents at Helsinki Airport in late August. A female resident of Finland is suspected of arranging the illegal entry of three people into the country as part of an operation by a criminal organisation based in Athens, Greece, the Finnish Border Guard believes.

The case began to unravel after a person was caught entering Finland with forged personal documents at Helsinki Airport on 31 August. Border officials then determined that the woman accompanying the person had previously arranged the illegal entries of two other people into Finland.

Lieutenant Jyri Siitari, the head of crime prevention at the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard District, reveals that the suspect is a permanent resident of Finland but not a Finnish citizen.

The Athens-based organisation has according to the Finnish Border Guard orchestrated the transport of people from one European country to another for several years.

In the cases under investigation, Finland was a transit country for people en route to Sweden and Germany. The responsibilities of the woman included providing forged documents to the illegal arrivals and escorting them into Finland.

Juho Jokinen – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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Photo: Kimmo Mäntylä / Lehtikuva

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