Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for November
M T W T F S S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Asylum seekers are human traffickers, claim

By Rob Hyde


Following widespread protest at the deportation of the “abbey asylum seekers”, Vienna state prosecution has announced that 3 are human traffickers.

The prosecution says that Azhar I., Ali S. and Sabtain S., whose surnames have been withheld for legal reasons, managed to smuggle around 1,000 people from Pakistan to Austria, France and Scandinavia via the Balkan states in recent months.

Each smuggler is alleged to have been paid up to 10,000 Euro per person they manage to illegally bring into to Austria or elsewhere.

8 Pakistani asylum seekers used to stay at the Votivkirche church in Vienna but moved to the Serviten abbey in March this year. Since then they have often been referred to as the “abbey asylum seekers.”

They were recently arrested, however, and the day before yesterday four were deported. It was this event which sparked off a series of demonstrations in Vienna, including at the airport and outside the internal ministry.

The catholic charity, Caritas, has been monitoring the situation for many months, and persistently defending the rights of the asylum seekers.

Just yesterday it even claimed that it had been lied to by authorities. Here general secretary Klaus Schwertner said that just days before some of the Pakistani men deported, he had been assured by authorities that there were no official plans to deport them.

In light of these recent revelations Mr Schwertner has since pledged to cooperate with the asylum authorities, but stressed that “individual black sheep” should not be allowed to tarnish the reputation of all refugees.

He said: “Because of these individual cases there cannot be a general criminalization of all refugees.”

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Related articles: Fritzl

  1. Asylum seekers are human traffickers, claim

    » General News 2013-07-31

    Following widespread protest at the deportation of the “abbey asylum seekers”, Vienna state prosecution has announced that 3 are human traffickers.

  2. Kampusch dad skint and behind bars, paper claims

    » General News 2011-10-21

    The father of a young woman who was kidnapped at the age of 10 in 1998 and locked up by her pervert captor for eight years has been arrested, according to a report.

  3. Manker fined €3,200

    » General News 2011-10-19

    An appeal court has confirmed a fine issued to director, actor and author Paulus Manker.

more related articles tagged "Fritzl"

Tag cloud:
prosecution  refugees  Pakistan  human  smuggle  Vienna  lied  ldquo  seekers  asylum  individual  abbey  Schwertner  authorities  rdquo  deported  traffickers  defending  ministry  Austria

Latest News

 

Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.

Controversy Over Advert For Fucking Hell Beer
An Austrian political party has defended a decision to promote a local beer named after the village of Fucking.

Luigi Restaurant Cooks Up Delicious Delights For Winter Season
Brothers Luigi and Leo Doci who own the renowned Luigi restaurant chain will be cooking up a storm in Semmering this winter.

Church Porn Star In Court
A Polish-born woman who made a video of herself masturbating in church is facing six months in jail after a viewer called police when he recognised the woman.

Hugh Grant Cuddles Lamb On Animal Farm With Mrs Glock
Hugh Grant led a star-studded turnout at Austria's animal farm project which unveiled its Christmas market this week.

Cheating Wife Buries Hubby Alive For New Lover
A woman who married her sister’s fiance and then attacked him with a knife before burying him alive so she could be with her new lover is facing life in jail.

Spate of Crimes throughout Vienna and Lower Austria Solved
Four men have been arrested after committing 113 break-ins, 21 thefts and causing at least 260,000 Euros worth of damage.

Dad Punished Child, 2, With Boiling Hot Shower
A two-year-old girl is in an artificial coma and fighting for her life after her father threw her into a scalding hot shower leaving her with severe burns at the family home in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Police And Firemen Get Cold Turkey
Flipping the bird was given a new meaning in Austria this week when a truck filled with plucked turkeys overturned, closing a busy motorway in the process.

Hotel Gets A Penthouse Without The Building Stress
A hotel in the southern Austrian city of Graz has gone upmarket with a five-star penthouse suite by simply having it lifted by a crane onto the top floor.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers