Men accused of people smuggling due to appear in court later in week

Seventy two people were arrested following a people smuggling bust on a fishing boat intercepted off

The Svanic was seized - Credit: Archant

A gang of suspected people smugglers are now due to go on trial on Thursday following the interception of a trawler off Great Yarmouth. 

In a joint raid more than 250 officers from the National Crime Agency, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force intercepted the Svanic, which contained 69 migrants from Albania, on November 17 last year.

Three crew members were then charged with facilitating illegal immigration. 

The three men - Ukrainian nationals Igor Kosyi, 56, Volodymyr Mykhailov, 49 and Latvian national Aleksandrs Gulpe, 44 - had been due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday.

However the trial is now due to start on Thursday after jury and legal matters have been carried out.

Also due to appear in court on the same charges are two men who were arrested in June as part of the investigation.

They are Kfir Ivgi, 39, of Corrigan Close, Finchley and Sergejs Kuliss, 32, of Albert Basin Way, Newham, London.

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The trial of the five men is due to last six weeks.

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