For the period from November 9 to 13, 2023, the District Prosecutor’s Office – Stara Zagora observed three newly established pre-trial proceedings under Art. 281 of the Criminal Code – against persons who assisted foreign citizens to cross the country illegally.
In all of the pre-trial proceedings, charges were brought within 24 hours after the act was committed. In the three proceedings, a 72-hour detention of the accused persons was ordered, and at the request of the supervising prosecutor, a measure of remand was taken by the court against the three.
It was established that two of the accused are a Ukrainian and a Turk, and the third is a Bulgarian citizen. They were hired to transport migrants through social networks, with the promise of good pay. It was explained to them that there would be no criminal consequences for the crime. The three were provided with cars that were rented or registered to fictitious owners. They were stopped by the police in the area of the Trakia highway, reg. Stara Zagora. They transported a total of 44 migrants, citizens of Syria and Afghanistan, who are accommodated in refugee centers in the country. There were also minors among them. Active investigations continue.
District Prosecutor’s Office-Stara Zagora conducts rapid investigations and orders preliminary arrests of the perpetrators of these crimes in order to prevent their absconding.