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Asylum seeker charged with trafficking illegal immigrant

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Asylum seeker charged with trafficking illegal immigrant

An asylum seeker has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with smugling an illegal immigrant into Ireland.

Ethan Zeitman (45) was arrested by gardaí investigating an organised crime group suspected of involvement in people trafficking.

The accused, of Mullagh Glas, Co Monaghan, appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday charged with eight offences.

One of the charges relates to the alleged trafficking of an illegal immigrant into Ireland on June 9 of last year.

He is also charged with seven offences relating to the possession of false documents, including a fake driving licence.

All of the offences are alleged to have been committed between 2017 and 2019.

Det Gda Paul O’Leary, of the Garda National Immigration Bureau, gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He said the accused was arrested at 7.50am on Wednesday and formally charged at 1.19am yesterday.

Det Gda O’Leary said Mr Zeitman made no reply to any of the charges.

Gardaí told Judge Bryan Smyth there would be an objection to any application for bail.

Counsel for Mr Zeitman said there would be no application.

The court heard the accused was an asylum seeker and was currently in receipt of €38.

Gardaí told the court they did not believe Ethan Zeitman was receiving social welfare or that he was working.

Counsel for Mr Zeitman said he had a good level of English but asked that a Russian interpreter could be provided if “things become more complex later”.

Judge Smyth granted the accused legal aid and remanded him in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court via video link next week.

Gardaí said Mr Zeitman’s arrest was “part of an ongoing operation targeting an organised crime group facilitating the suspected smuggling of illegal immigrants, the suspected supply of false identity documents and associated money laundering”.

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