A haridresser from South-East London is awaiting extradition to France to face allegations of people smuggling.
Single mum Neda Amini, 41, was working in Bexleyheath when she was detained after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.
According to the allegations between January and August 2020 she played a key part in a people smuggling network that arranged illegal crossings to the UK.
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A view of a warehouse facility in Dover, Kent, for boats used by people thought to be migrants
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The warrant stated that Amini worked with a France based partner to source those wishing to travel and collected payments from them once they were in the UK, reports the Express.
The warrant said there were “several night passages every week since the beginning of 2020” using “small boats on which migrants are left alone from the French coasts, between the towns of Dunkerque and Calais, risking their lives to reach the United Kingdom.”
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the network used small boats which left the French coast between the towns of Dunkerque and Calais
Judge Timothy Godfrey ordered her extradition “in order to prosecute her for three offences arising out of her alleged involvement in a network of people smugglers”.
Amini denied being involved in people smuggling and argued extradition was against her human rights as she needs to care for her son.
A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent onboard a border force boat
The judgement added: “Ms Amini says she visited her partner in France twice and at his request took a folder containing passports back to the UK with her on the first occasion.
“She says she did not know what the folder contained at the time. Ms Amini says back in the UK she helped people she understood were clients of her partner’s legal firm.”
French authorities argued phone taps show “she is perfectly aware of her spouse’s activities…[and] takes an active part by collecting money…or even sending candidates for passage to her spouse”.
Amini, originally from Iran, has lived in the UK for over 15 years, the court heard.
If found guilty she could face 10 years imprisonment.