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    British Soldier Accused of Plotting to Smuggle Immigrants into UK from France

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    Another two men, one of them a British Army officer, are also facing charges with assisting unlawful migration.

    David Plumstead, a member of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, has appeared at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent to face charges in a scheme to help undocumented immigrants enter the UK from the French port of Calais, The Daily Mail reports.

    A Lance Corporal, 24, who is serving at an army base in Paderborn, Germany is accused of committing the offence between March 1 and May 7, 2016.

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    According to The Daily Mail, immigrant smuggling accusations were also brought against Zinden Ahmed, 36, a Kurdish Syrian who owns a carwash business.

    Their trial was postponed until mid-October after the judge was "made aware of difficulties with the availability of barristers."

    The motive of the suspects is yet unclear.

    In 2016, a retired British soldier attempted to smuggle a four-year-old Aghan girl from the Calais refugee camp into the UK. Back then, he avoided jail and was instead found guilty of endangering a child, and got away with a €1,000 fine.


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