Sabahi (Washington, DC)

14 January 2013

Tanzania: Five Tanzanians Jailed for Trafficking Illegal Immigrants

A Tanzanian court in Ngorongo last week sentenced five people to five years in prison for failing to pay 5 million shillings ($3,200) after they were found guilty of illegally trafficking Ethiopian migrants through the country, Tanzania's Daily News reported Monday (January 14th).

The men organised passage for 96 Ethiopians in December, smuggling them from Kenya. The migrants were discovered in the cargo hold of a truck that was impounded between the Ngerian and Tinga Tinga villages in the Longido District of Arusha region, said Regional Immigration Officer Daniel Namomba.

The accused include the owner of the truck and four other Tanzanians responsible for organising and carrying out the operation.

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