Man convicted of aiding illegal entry into the UK

02/11/2016

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for six months after he pleaded guilty to arranging the illegal entry into the United Kingdom of two Iraqi nationals from France.

On 20 November 2015, a member of the public contacted the police when they saw two men exit the roof of a lorry which had stopped at industrial premises in Redditch.

Officers searched the area and stopped a car at a nearby car park. In the back of the car were the two Iraqi men who had exited the lorry.

The driver, Ahmed Rasouli from Leicester, was arrested. Police also recovered 2,910 in cash.

Earlier in the month the defendant had corresponded with the two Iraqis before visiting Calais, France where arrangements were made for them to enter the UK.

On 19 November, the two Iraqi nationals accessed a lorry whilst its doors were unlocked and hid in the vehicle's trailer until they arrived in Redditch.

The defendant was charged with an act to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law by a non-EU person. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on 1 November.

Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "For a fee, Ahmed Rasouli travelled to France and planned the illegal entry into the United Kingdom of two Iraqi nationals, which included providing instructions and directions.

"Individuals like Rasouli prey on the vulnerable to gain financially and this conviction sends a clear message that this will not be tolerated."