Plzen, West Bohemia, July 31 (CTK) – The Czech police detained a lorry with a Hungarian driver who was smuggling 76 illegal refugees, including 23 children, on the D5 motorway near Tachov, west Bohemia, Friday, police spokeswoman Martina Kohoutova has told CTK.
The police are checking the migrants’ identity and citizenship. They are probably citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria, Kohoutova added.
Another nine Syrians were detained in Mikulov, south Moravia, on a bus riding from Austria to Germany, Friday.
“Five men and four women did not have any authorisation to enter and stay on the territory of the Czech Republic,” police spokeswoman Petra Ledabylova told CTK.
In mid-June, the Czech police reinforced checks over the current migration of refugees from Asia and Africa to Europe.
The number of detained immigrants has been growing. They are mainly citizens of Syria, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of them get to the Czech Republic via Hungary and Austria and almost all of them say they want to go to Germany.
The foreigners detained on D5, who are without any documents, will be heard as soon as the police have interpreters and afterwards, they will be placed in a detention facility having a free capacity.
The driver and his co-driver were detained on suspicion of committing the crime of organising and enabling an unlawful crossing of the state border, Kohoutova said.
As soon as the police accuse them, their remanding in custody will be considered, she added.