TWO men behind a lucrative international people smuggling ring have been jailed for a combined 13 years, following a complex two-year investigation.

Khalilullah Aminullah, of Maple Road, Hayes, and Abdul Mahmood Abdul Sami, of Concorde Close, Northolt, attempted to get at least 43 illegal immigrants, mostly Afghan nationals, into European countries including the UK, using counterfeit identity documents.

The pair travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe to co-ordinate their criminal network, and recruited associates – ‘facilitators’ – who would travel with the migrants, provide them with stolen, forged or false passports as they passed through immigration controls, and the ‘customers’ would then claim asylum at their final destination.

They would charge £15,000-£20,000 per person for the service.

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