London [UK], January 22: The head of a Kurdish people-smuggling ring has been arrested after going on the run ahead of his sentencing, Britain's National Crime 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, and headed an organized crime group involved in transporting migrants from Iraq and Iran to Britain hidden in the back of lorries.
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 Istanbul on Friday. (dpa)
Source: Qatar Tribune