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Police detain van with 31 illegal Iraqi migrants in west Bohemia

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Hermanova Hut, West Bohemia, July 11 (CTK) – Czech police detained a van with 31 Iraqi refugees on the D5 motorway near Hermanova Hut in west Bohemia Monday morning, together with the Romanian driver who is suspected of people smuggling, Foreigner Police spokeswoman Katerina Rendlova told CTK.

The immigrants consist of “four Iraqi families. None of them has either a Czech entry or stay permit. After being detained, all of them were taken to police stations for the necessary proceedings,” Rendlova said.

The refugees were transferred in a white Citroen van with a British number plate.

The police will now secure interpreters for the detained people and find out whether they have applied for asylum elsewhere in the EU.

According to the Interior Ministry’s information, the police detained a total 3,602 migrants in the period from June 17, 2015 to July 10, 2016.

A total of 132 migrants are staying in the country’s three detention centres.

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