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53 foreigners tried to cross the Polish-Belarusian border and two traffickers detained

Illegal attempts to cross the Polish-Belarusian border took place in sections protected by Border Guard posts in Mielnik, Dubicze Cerkiewne, Bobrowniki, Krynki, Szudziałów and Kuźnica. Among the disclosed foreigners who tried to enter Poland illegally within 24 hours were, among others, citizens of: Syria, Congo, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan. Fifteen foreigners illegally entered the Polish side through the Svisloch River, including 8 Syrian citizens on a pontoon on the section protected by the Border Guard Post in Krynki.

Also that day, officers from the Border Guard Post in Mielnik detained a Ukrainian citizen who came to pick up a group of 12 foreigners. Foreigners crossed the Polish-Belarusian border against the law. Another courier was stopped at the Polish-Lithuanian border. A joint patrol from the Border Guard Post in Augustów and the Police officers from Grajewo on the national road No. 61 selected a Ford on Polish registration plates for inspection. It turned out that the driving citizen of Ukraine was carrying three Iranian and two Afghan citizens. The transported foreigners did not have documents that would entitle them to legally enter and stay in our country. Foreigners crossed the Lithuanian-Belarusian border illegally on foot, and then wanted to reach Germany via Poland.

Two Ukrainian citizens will be charged with aiding in organizing illegal border crossing, which may result in up to 8 years’ imprisonment. Additionally, administrative proceedings will be initiated to issue a decision obliging them to return to their country of origin. They will also be banned from entering the Schengen area for 5 years.