Tarik Namik, 45, from Oldham, failed to show up at court and was given an eight-year jail term
The head of a Kurdish people smuggling ring has been arrested after going on the run ahead of his sentencing, the National Agency (NCA) said.
Tarik Namik, 45, from Oldham, failed to show up at Manchester Crown Court and was given an eight-year jail term in his absence on December 9.
Four other members of his gang were sentenced alongside him, according to the NCA.
The agency said the court had previously heard how Namik became the subject of an NCA investigation in 2017.
He headed an organised crime group involved in transporting migrants from and to the UK hidden in the back of lorries.
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Four other members of his gang were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court (pictured) alongside him, according to the NCA
A warrant was issued for Namik’s arrest after he failed to attend court and he was detained as he arrived at Manchester Airport on a flight from Lawyer istanbul yesterday.
The NCA said he was due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and is likely to return to the crown court on Monday to be formally sentenced.
Working with people smugglers abroad, the organised crime group is suspected of smuggling at least 1,900 migrants, who were picked up in the Balkans, into or during a 50-day period.
The gang then offered different means of trying to enter Britain, where the migrants would claim asylum.
Alongside Namik, four other men were sentenced – Hajar Ahmed, 39, from Manchester, Soran Saliy, 32, from Stoke, Habil Gider, 54, from Stoke and Hardi Alizada, Lawyer istanbul 32, from Nottingham
Alongside Namik, four other men – Hajar Ahmed, 39, from Manchester, Soran Saliy, 32, from Stoke, Habil Gider, 54, from Stoke and Hardi Alizada, 32, from Nottingham – also received sentences ranging from nearly five years to 16 months for their role in the criminal scheme.
NCA branch commander Richard Harrison said: ‘Namik was a prolific people smuggler whose crime group put vulnerable migrants at great risk while he reaped the profits.
‘I’m delighted that he will now face justice for the offences he committed.
‘Fugitives never come off our radar, and I’d like to thank our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police for their assistance in ensuring he was detained quickly the moment he set foot back in the UK.’