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Czech national facing people smuggling charges

A regional chief prosecutor's office in south-eastern Hungary has pressed people smuggling charges against a Czech driver who had been apprehended with 32 illegally travelling Syrians crammed in a van.

According to a statement from the Bacs-Kiskun County chief prosecutor’s office, the van had been converted for the purpose, the migrants hiding in two compartments behind barrels and logs of wood. Nine of the Syrians were minors, and several of them were unconscious when police stopped the van on the M5 motorway, heading for Austria, on April 29.

The migrants, suffering from dehydration and a lack of ventilation, were banging on the door of their compartments but the driver would not stop until he saw the police, the statement said.

The Czech man is facing imprisonment for people smuggling and torture.

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