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Foreign Ministry: Number of Romanians detained in Hungary for human trafficking rises to 18

As many as 18 Romanian citizens are currently detained in Hungary on allegations of human trafficking, after another two were taken in custody in Szeged and Fejer, apart from the 16 people already detained on August 26 and 27, spokesperson of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Raluca Lunculescu said on Friday.

“There was an accident on Hungary’s motorway M5. The driver involved in the accident is a Romanian citizen who was carrying several persons aboard; he was taken in custody and is being investigated for human trafficking. He was just slightly injured, and taken to hospital in the first phase; he was subsequently detained and put under investigation for human trafficking. There’s another case in Fejer, where a Romanian was also detained and is being investigated for human trafficking,” said Raluca Lunculescu.

She added that the driver involved in the accident on the M5 motorway is being detained in Szeged.

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson reminded that in the evening of August 26, four Romanian citizens were detained and put under investigation for human trafficking, and on August 27 another 12 were detained in the same city and are being investigated over similar charges.

On the other hand, Raluca Lunculescu also referred to the case in Austria, where over 70 refugees were found dead in a truck, emphasizing once again that the owner of the vehicle is not a Romanian citizen.

“This is confirmed information and was notified by the Austrian authorities; according to all the official information received from the Austrian side, no Romanian citizen was involved in this case,” said the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson.

Ten injured in Hungary in Syrian refugees truck accident; driver was Romanian

Ten people were wounded in an accident involving a truck with Syrian refugees driven by a Romanian citizen on Friday, on a motorway in Hungary, the Hungarian police announced in a release on its website, quoted by Reuters.
The truck was found overturned near the M5 motorway, heading to Budapest. The police found at least 18 immigrants, of which ten injured, the release mentioned. The wounded were taken to a hospital.
The Hungarian police also informed it has arrested the Romanian citizen who drove the truck; he is suspect of human trafficking.

Romanians detained in Hungary have not demanded consular assistance

The Budapest Police are detaining 16 Romanian nationals and considering requesting their detention for alleged human trafficking, but none of them has demanded consular assistance, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) has reported in a press statement earlier on Friday.

“The Romanian Embassy in Budapest has been informed today, August 28, 2015, by the Hungarian Police that four Romanian nationals were detained on August 26, 2015, in Budapest for investigations in relation to human trafficking. According to the Budapest Police reporting, the four Romanian nationals will be heard in court on August 28, 2015. We want to remind you that on August 27, 2015, 12 more Romanian nationals suspected of human trafficking were held and heard by Hungarian authorities and their pretrial detention was requested,” MAE says.

MAE adds that the Romanian Embassy in Budapest is monitoring the case, keeping in touch with the Hungarian authorities for the latest developments in the legal status of the Romanian nationals, ready to provide consular assistance.

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