Swiss politician convicted of helping migrants enter illegally

2017-09-29 07:55
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Geneva -  Swiss regional politician was convicted on Thursday for helping 24 migrants to illegally cross from Italy into Switzerland and for repeatedly inciting others to do the same.

Lisa Bosia Mirra, a Socialist member of the Ticino parliament in southern Switzerland, was found guilty of the offences by a regional court and sentenced to a suspended fine, the ATS news agency reported.

She helped Eritreans and Syrians stuck at the train station in Como, near the Swiss border, in mid-2016.

"The facts have been admitted to by the defendant, who over a period of two weeks worked along with accomplices to organise a network to help accommodate the illegal entry of 24 illegal migrants,"  said the judge in charge of the case, Siro Quadri.

He acknowledged that Bosia Mirra's intentions were good, but stressed that she had nonetheless broken Swiss law.

While their circumstances may have been tragic, the judge stressed that the migrants "were not in a country at risk but in Italy, and could have been helped there".

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