Vienna Airport security accused of smuggling Lankans

Vienna_International_Airport_20091011_17Private security staff at Vienna Airport are suspected of smuggling refugees, mainly Sri Lankans, through security checks onto flights to the United States and Britain, the Reuters news agency quoted Austrian prosecutors as saying.

Police are investigating 13 private security staff operating at Vienna Airport over suspicions they abused their access to security systems. One man from Poland and another from Sri Lanka have been placed in custody pending an investigation.

British security firm G4S said one of its staff was under suspicion in the case and had been sacked. The company was working closely with authorities, it said in a statement.

“We know of 10 trafficking trips, meaning 10 flights between last autumn and February,” said a spokesman for prosecutors in the town of Korneuburg in Lower Austria province.

He declined to name any companies involved and said it was not yet clear how many people had been smuggled through security checks.

The men collected between 7,000 to 9,000 euros ($7,600-$9,800) per person, the spokesman said.

The trafficking scheme, which included using flight tickets issued to friends and acquaintances, was discovered after suspects tried to recruit a new accomplice. That person then contacted the police, the spokesman said.

One person who allegedly paid the suspects was refused entry into the United States, ringing alarm bells for authorities in Austria, the spokesman said. Human trafficking carries penalties of up to 10 years in jail in Austria.

G4S, which runs services from moving cash to protecting ships, has come under criticism for a number of its contracts, including its poor performance at the London Olympics in 2012.


  1. Large number of Sinhalese came to the United States illegally a few years ago, through assistance by bribe taking US embassy officials in Colombo. This has been reported in the US media.

  2. This should be thoroughly investigated to find the actual network so governments can stop same thing happening other countries. Diaspora thugs are said to be doing this in Canada, England and also in Australia. When the war finished the money goes to these activities.

    • there was a guy called Hamed or Karim employed by Australian HC in Colombo. He did lot of human trafficking for LTTE in late 90s and early 2000 When this was informed to DFA they paid a blind eye

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