STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A court on Tuesday sentenced three men for organizing the smuggling of 80 migrants into Sweden, hiring drivers to bring them in minibuses across the EU's open-border zone from northern Italy.
Two of the smugglers have both Swedish and Iraqi citizenship and the third is a Syrian citizen, according to a statement by the court. Most of the migrants, brought from Milan railway station in 2014, were Syrian.
One smuggler was sentenced to two years in prison, a second to 1-1/2 years and a third given a suspended sentence.
They had originally been accused of smuggling 170 people into Sweden but the court said some journeys may have ended in Denmark.
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According to prosecutors, the three men earned around 150,000 Swedish crowns ($16,300) in total after typically charging migrants around 500 euros ($530) per person, while often letting children travel free.
After a wave of more than a million migrants entered Europe in 2015, countries in the European Union's Schengen passport-free travel zone, including Sweden and Germany, reintroduced selective border controls to stem the influx.
(Reporting by Daniel Dickson; editing by Andrew Roche)