News/UK: SMUGGLER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO BRITAIN JAILED

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Subject: News/UK: SMUGGLER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO BRITAIN JAILED
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Oct 26 1999 - 09:53:17 EDT


           SMUGGLER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO BRITAIN JAILED

PA 10/22/99 7:31 PM

  By Paul Peachey, Crime Correspondent, PA News
   The kingpin behind a huge operation smuggling illegal immigrants from
India to Britain was today jailed for 6 1/2 years, the National Criminal
Intelligence Service said.
   Joginder Singh Kaile, 39, charged hundreds of immigrants 7,000 a head
for the flight into mainland Europe and subsequent lorry journey to
Britain.
   Even when they arrived in Britain, Kaile continued to control their
lives forging documents, getting them jobs and even keeping one group in a
garden shed at one of his two homes.
   He ran the operation from his home in Southall, west London, and lured
the Indians with the promise of a better life in Britain through his
company the Immigration Advisory Service.
   The scale of the operation and the control he had over every part of it
staggered police working on the case who described it as the biggest
immigration racket they had come across.
   Kaile lived a relatively low-key lifestyle in Britain but when he
travelled across the world keeping an eye on the scam, he stayed in the
finest hotels.
   The route from India would take the immigrants through places like Kiev,
Prague and Cologne before they were bundled into lorries for the final
stages into Britain.
   The scam, which dated back to 1993, would have made him a millionaire,
police believe but they have not been able to track down the full extent of
his assets.
   Kaile, a married man from Ludhiana in the Punjab, India, had
considerable wealth and political clout in the region.
   He forged documents to make it look as if the immigrants were being
persecuted back in India so they could claim asylum.
   They would stay with him until either their asylum claims were
successful or they were returned to India.
   He pleaded guilty today at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court to one charge
of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration and one charge of deception
linked to false asylum claims, NCIS said.
   He was arrested after an operation involving NCIS, the Metropolitan
Police and the Immigration Service.
   An NCIS spokesperson said: "This is an immigration scam on a scale that
we have never seen before.
   "The successful prosecution and the harsh sentence received indicates
the appalling way that this man treated those he was purporting to help and
the amount of money he cost the UK government.
   "This was an example of intelligence-led policing that has worked again
in tackling organised crime at this level."


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