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Latvian people smugglers sentenced to imprisonment

Two Latvian drivers apprehended in early August with 16 illegal migrants in their van have been sentenced to four years imprisonment each, the Veszprem County (W Hungary) chief prosecutor's office told MTI on Friday.

According to the charges, the 19 and 25 year old defendants had hired a van in Slovakia and drove to the Hungary-Serbia border to pick up a group of Afghans and carry them to Austria for a fee of 2,500 euros each.

The migrants were travelling in an unventilated space without food or water, the statement added.

The ruling also stipulates that the defendants will be expelled from Hungary for eight years once they have served their prison terms.

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