This year, the VSAT started one and a half hundred pre-trial investigations regarding the transportation of illegal migrants

“During ten months of this year, 154 pre-trial investigations were initiated into the illegal transportation of people across the state border. As of today, we already have 160 such pre-trial cases,” Rimantas Petrauskas, deputy commander of the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), told BNS.

According to him, more than 100 pre-trial investigations have been initiated regarding the transportation of foreigners from the border of Belarus, and about half a dozen – regarding transportation from places of accommodation.

According to the representative of VSAT, these numbers are about twice as high as in the whole of the previous year, when there were about 70 such studies.

“This is a fairly significant growth,” said R. Petrauskas. – One thing, the migrants lived in isolation until July of this year, they could not leave. Another thing is that the number of attempts to cross the border has increased this year.”

A total of 10.6 thousand people have not been admitted to Lithuania since January of this year. illegal migrants.

At the time last year, when Lithuanian border guards gained the right to turn illegal migrants from August 3, 8.1 thousand of them were not allowed to enter the country from Belarus.

In 2021, until August, almost 4.2 thousand illegally arrived from Belarus to Lithuania. migrants.

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According to the head of the border guards, most of those who try to transport migrants are punished.

“It’s a constant process, I couldn’t name the numbers now, but they are not small,” he said.

As R.Petrauskas stated, Ukrainians, Kartvelians, Lithuanians, and Belarusians are usually involved in this illegal activity.

He also said that pre-trial investigations can also be started in cases where migrants are transported by taxi drivers.

“Usually, neither taxi drivers nor Bolto drivers are prosecuted, although there have been such cases. During the pre-trial investigation, it is necessary to prove that the driver knew where he was transporting, what he was transporting and that he was doing it illegally,” said the representative of the border guards.

In the Criminal Code, the liability provided for this activity ranges from a fine to 10 years of imprisonment.

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