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German funeral home 'sold dead people's passports'

Published on May 15, 2014 10:17 PM
 
This handout photo made available by the German police shows a suitcase containing passports in Berlin on May 15, 2014. German police on Thursday raided a funeral parlour and 18 other Berlin locations linked to a gang suspected of using dead people's passports to smuggle illegal immigrants into EU countries. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - German police on Thursday raided a funeral parlour and 18 other Berlin locations linked to a gang suspected of using dead people's passports to smuggle illegal immigrants into EU countries.

Some 120 federal and state police took part in the coordinated dawn raids to collect evidence on charges of document forgery and human trafficking, said a police spokesman.

No arrests were made, but police confiscated a briefcase filled with German and other countries' passports as well as documents and computers from the 19 businesses and homes in the German capital.

"The special thing is the group's somewhat odd modus operandi - that people were brought to Germany with the passports of deceased persons," federal police spokesman Jens Schobranski told AFP.

 
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