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  • 27 July 2021 | SEF detains a foreign national with an international arrest warrant

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, yesterday, a 33-year-old foreign national with an international arrest warrant issued in his name by the Brazilian authorities, via Interpol, for violent crime.

    Within its legal competences, SEF has made the necessary endeavours for the tracing of a foreign national at the addresses known by the Service, ending up by locating him yesterday afternoon.

    The detainee is accused for theft related to carjacking, with the use of a firearm, and was referenced as dangerous and violent.

    He will be brought before the Court of Appeal of Évora for the application of cautionary measures.

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  • 26 July 2021 | SEF participates in an Interpol operation allowing to rescue 430 victims of trafficking in human beings

    ​Under the combating of trafficking in human beings, unlawful immigration and crimes thereto, such as money laundering and falsification of administrative documents, held on 5 to 9 July, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has participated in an operation coordinated by Interpol in which 430 victims of trafficking have been rescued, including children, 4000 illegal immigrants have been identified and 286 detentions have been carried out in 47 countries.

    The operation “Liberterra" (free land in Latin) has made possible the identification of the modus operandi, places of origin, main routes and means of transport used under the trafficking in human beings and unlawful immigration, allowing not only to move forward in the ongoing investigations, but to begin others as well.

    For five days, the operation has involved more than SEF 100 inspectors controlling about 42 thousand passengers at the Portuguese border posts, in which three foreign nationals have been detected, at the origin, intending to board to Lisboa holding forged documents, together with a fourth member suspect of being a facilitator in an organised scam of assisting unlawful immigration.

    In addition, 65 illegal immigrants have been identified in Portugal, five detentions of foreign nationals have been carried out with the expulsion from the country and nineteen victims of trafficking in human beings from Asia with the purpose to labour exploitation rescued. They have been detected in a farm and lured with false promises of legalisation in Portugal.

    As far as the detention of the five illegally staying foreign nationals, it was the result of an ongoing investigation which led the Portuguese authorities to carry a house search in the home of a foreign national suspect of kidnapping. This home was inside of a farm, where it was possible to identify several illegally built annexes and which would serve as a shelter to 36 citizens, which activity was the catch of clams.

    After inspection within the same area, it has been possible to identify, close by Tejo River, about 300 foreign nationals dedicating to the catch of clams, 29 of which illegally staying in Portugal, and which most part have been notified to voluntarily leave the country, according to as provided in the Aliens Law in force.

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  • 24 July 2021 | Effective imprisonment for ringleaders of an international criminal network

    Two of the main members of an international criminal organisation, in custody since 2019, have been accused of the crimes of association to assisting unlawful immigration, forgery of administrative documents and assisting unlawful immigration, with penalties from four years and eight months of effective imprisonment and supplementary penalty of expulsion for five years, and six years and six months of effective imprisonment and supplementary penalty of expulsion for ten years.

     
    The investigation held by the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), named Alma Lusa, aimed for the fraudulent granting of the Portuguese nationality to Brazilian nationals, based on forged Brazilian documentation supporting the fictitious family relations with Portuguese nationals.
     
    In addition, it has been proved that the two defendants, aged between 45 and 47 years-old, and already known to the European authorities, had acquired the Portuguese nationality based on fraudulent documentation as well.
     
    Under the operation Alma Lusa, started on 2019, SEF has dismantled a criminal organisation which offered forged documentation and a whole logistic to the fraudulent acquiring of citizenship of European countries, in particular Portugal, which, in exchange of huge amounts of money, about 20 thousand euros, would promise the fraudulent issue of original Portuguese documentation to Brazilian citizens which do not meet the requirements provided by Law. This criminal scam resulted in the exponential increase of applications for Portuguese nationality.
     
    The detainees, mostly representing their clients as their proxies in Portugal, would obtain within some notary offices in Brazil forged Brazilian documentation, certificates obtained from a filed birth certificate, with abusively modified biodata, allowing to prove, within the Portuguese Civil Registry Offices, that certain individuals would gather the requirements legally provided for the obtaining of the original Portuguese nationality.
     
    Based in this false register, the “clients” at stake, already with the Portuguese nationality illegally granted based in false parental relations, would request the issue of the Portuguese citizen card and electronic passport, ensuring every benefit as holders of Portuguese documents. For such, this criminal network would have the help of an attorney, made defendant and an essential part in this scam.

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