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January 22, 2010

Israel police break illegal immigrant exploitation ring

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BBC NEWS

Israel arrests people smugglers

Israeli Police have arrested two Eritrean men accused of abducting and exploiting African illegal immigrants.

The men held Africans trying to enter Israel from the Sinai desert in tents until their families paid money to let them cross the Egyptian border.

The illegal immigrants were subjected to “awful abuse and torture”, according to a statement from police.

They said the suspects forced migrants to call their families and friends and send ransom money.

The men were allegedly working with an Egyptian gang on the other side of the border.

Most of the victims were Eritrean, the police said.

Investigators seized $150,000 (£92,400) in cash from the suspect’s apartment in Jerusalem.

The men, aged 34 and 41, were charged with extortion, conspiracy to commit crime and aiding and abetting infiltrators, and face 20 years in jail if convicted.

Some 300,000 illegal immigrants live in Israel, according to the interior ministry.

The country has become a staging post on the route for Illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe.

Published: 2010/01/21 17:49:20 GMT

© BBC MMX

2 Eritreans charged with demanding ransom for refugees

Eritrean citizens living in Jerusalem indicted for conspiring with Sinai gang to
kidnap African refugees, demand ransom from their relatives living in Israel

Efrat Weiss

Published: 01.21.10, 14:29 /
Israel News

An indictment was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Thursday against two Eritrean
citizens aged 34 and 41, currently living in the city and suspected of extorting money from the

relatives of refugees trying to cross the border into Israel, while holding them hostage in camps in

Sinai.

The investigation has been ongoing for a number of months, and the gag order was lifted with the

filing of the indictment, which carries charges of extortion.

According to the indictment which was filed againt Nagasi Habati and Fatawi bin Eziabahir, in some

cases, refugees were kidnapped and taken to closed camps located near the Israel-Egypt border,

where they were held against their will by members of the Rashaida clan and held at gunpoint for

fear they may attempt to flee.

The refugees were held under poor conditions at the camp, with their hands and legs bound. They

were also starved, beaten with various objects, giving electric shocks, and more.

Defendants in court (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Upon their arrival at the camp, the kidnappers would question the refugees about their relatives in
Israel, in order to demand ransom for their release. The captors would demands thousands of

dollars for the release of a single refugee, and would threaten their lives in order to pressure the

relatives in Israel into paying.

The two defendants conspired with the Sinai kidnappers and were the main link in the network that

was used to extort ransom for refugees and help African citizens illegally infiltrate Israel.

$2,800, or kidneys

One of the cases outlined in the indictment is that of an Eritrean woman who left her homeland for
Israel at the start of 2009 and was kidnapped in Sudan and held against her will with three other

refugees with her arms and legs bound. Her kidnappers demanded she contact her family in Eritrea

to have them pay ransom for her release.

When the captors learned that her family could not pay the ransom, they sold her off and she was

transferred to the camp along with other refugees.

She arrived at the camp pregnant in December 2009, and was kept bound against her will. Her

kidnappers threatened that if they did not receive $2,800 ransom, they would sell her kidneys.

This is where the two defendants living in Israel come in – one of them tried to locate her family in

Israel, in order to demand $2,000 ransom for her. The woman’s cousin in Israel was found, and

asked to pay $2,150 in ransom.

The cousin was told by the kidnappers, “The girl is in a difficult state, she is being beaten, raped and

threatened. He was also told that her life was in danger if failed to pay the ransom.

The relative ended up paying the defendant the $2,150, with another Eritrean living in Israel taking

$150 to help the woman infiltrate into Israel.

Eli Senyor contributed to this report
ትማሊ ጥሪ 21፣ 2010፤ ኣብ እስራኤል ንክሰርሑ ዝደለዩ ኣፍሪቃውያን ስደተኛታት ብምጭዋይ፣ ነዚኦም ንምፍታሕ ድማ ካብቶም ኣብ ሃገር (እስራኤል) ዝርከቡ ስድራ ቤቶም ገንዘብ ብሓይሊ ብምውሳድ፣ ክልተ ኤርትራውያን ተኣሲሮም ክብል ሀረትዝ ዝተባህለ ናይ እስራኤል ናይ ዜና መርበብ ብተወሳኺ ሓቢሩ።  (ኣብቲ ሰማያዊ ዝሕብሩ ቀለበት ጠውቑ ንዝያዳ ሓበሬታ)።ኣብ የሩሳሌም ዝርከብ ቤት ፍርዲ ነዞም ክልተ – ንባዕሎም ስደተኛታት ዝኾኑ – ኤርትራውያን ምስ ሓደ ምስራዊ ብምትሕብባር ብናይ ሰብ ምጭዋይን ገንዝብ ካብ ቤተ ሰቦም ምውሳድ ማለት ብሲናይ ምድረ በዳ ኣቢሎም ናብ እስራኤል ክኣትዉ ንዝፍትኑ ኣፍሪቃውያን ብምሓዝ እዮም ተኸሲሶም።

እቲ ፍርዲ ናይዞም ክልተ ኤርትራውያን ጉዳይ ከጻሪ እንከሎ፣ እዚ ናይ ምስራውያን ናይ ጭውያን ገንዝብ ምጥላብ ጉጀለ፣ ብደርዘን ንዝቑጸሩ ኣፍሪቃውያን ስደተኛታት መጀመርታ ይጨውይዎምን፤ ድሓር ኣብ ዶብ እስራኤልን ምስርን ዝርከብ ቦታ ይእስርዎም ከምዝነበሩ እዩ። ብድሕርዚ ነቶም ስደተኛታት፣ ኣእዳዎምን ኣእጋሮምን ኣሲሮም፣ የጥምይዎምን፣ ይጋሰስዎምን፣ ይቕጥቕጥዎምን፣ የሳቕይዎምን። ኣብዚ እቶም ኣሰርቲ ብናይ ኤለክትሪክ ስቓይ ከም ዝገብሩሎምን ብዝረሰነ ሓጺን ቆርበቶምን የንድድዎምን ይብሉ ፖሊስ።

እቶም ስደተኛታት ናብቲ ቦታ ምስተወሰዱ እቲ ናይ ምስራዊ ጉጅለ፣ ኣብ እስራኤል ዝነብሩ ስድራ ቤት ከም ዘለዎም ከምዝፈልጡ ይገብሩ።

እዞም ተኸሰስቲ ነጋሲ ሃብታይን ፓታዊ ገብረእግዚኣብሔርን፣ ናይዞም እሱራት ቤተ ሰብ ኣብ እስራኤል ብምርካብ ንኽፈትሕዎም ካብ $2,000-$4,000 ተቐቢሎም ይበሃል። እዚኣቶም ነዚ ክገብሩ እንከለዉ (እቶም ቤተ ሰብ) እንተድኣ ዘይከፊሎም ነቶም እሱራት ከም ዝጎድእዎምን ከምዝቐትልዎምን ነጊሮምም ይብል እቲ ክሲ። ብድሕሪዚ ነቶም ኣባላት ስደራ ኣብ ስልኪ ምስ እሱር (ጭዉይ) ብምርኻብ ነቲ ዝወርዶም ዘሎ ስቕያት ከምዝገልጹሎም ይገብሩ።

ፖሊስ እዞም ክልተ ነቲ ዝረኸብዎ ገንዘብ ናብቲ ጉጀለ ብናይ ባንክ ምትሕልላፍ ድሕሪ ምሃቦም፣ ነቶም ዝጨወይዎም ብዘይ ሕጋዊ ኣገባብ ዶብ ጢሒሶም ናብ እስራኤል ከምዝኣተዉ ይገብሩ ክብሉ ሓቢሮም። ኣብቲ ምልውዋጥ ካብቲ ዝተኸፈለ ገንዝብ ብጽሒቶም ይረኽቡ።

እዞም ሰባት ብግዲ ገንዘብ ምውሳድ (ኢክስቶርሽን)፣ ገበን ንምፍጻም ውዲት ምግባርን፣ ሰብ ብዘይ ሕጋዊ ኣገባብ ዶብ ጢሒሱ ንኽኣቱ ምሕጋዝን ምትሕብባርን እዮም ተኸሲሶም ዝርከቡ። እንተድኣ በዚ ክሲ ገበነኛታት ምዃኖም ተበዩኑሎም ክሳብ 20 ዓመት ክፍረዱ ይኽእሉ እዮም።

ናይ ፖሊስ ዋና ኢንስፐክተር ራናናን ባሩክ “ነዚኣቶም ምስቲ ገበን ዘተኣሳስር፣ ብናይ ስደተኛታት ምስክርን፣ ብጽን (ምስማዕ ስልክን) ዝረኸብናዮ ጭብጥታትን ኣሎ” ኢሉ።

ናይቶም ተኸሰስቲ ጠበቓ ዝኾነት ማያ ገላዲ ብወገና ክልቲኦም ኣብዚ ጉዳይ ንጹሃት ከምዝኾኑን “ንባዕላቶም ስደተኛታት እዮም። ገለ ካብ ኣዝማዶም ከምዚ ዝዓይነቱ ሽግር ኣሕሊፎም እዮም” በለት።

ኣብ ናይ እሲራኤል ካብ ወጻኢ ናይ ዝመጽኡ ሰራሕተኛታት ስልኪ (ናይ ሽግር መንገሪ) እትርከብ ሲጋል ሮዘን፣ ኣብ እስራኤል ኣስታት 20,000 ዝኾኑ ከምዘለዉ ሓቢራ። ካብዚኣቶም 300 ኣፍሪቃውያን – ዝበዝሑ ካብ ኤርትራን ሱዳንን ካልኦት ብኲናት ዝተበከላ ሃገራትን ዝመጹ፣ ኣብ ወርሒ ናብ እስራኤል ክኣትዉ ይፍትኑ። እዚኣቶም ብሰብ ብዝሽቅጡ ሰባት ተመሪሖም ኣብዚ ሓደገኛ መንገዲ ንስቓይን፣ ንምትሓዝን፣ ንሞትን ይቃልዑ።

 

 

 

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