Algeria – He turned his home into a real fake paper workshop. The Brussels prosecutor's office on Friday (November 2nd) demanded eight years in prison for an Algerian accused of producing and selling false documents.
It all started in 2017 when police received reports of a group helping people, including migrants, obtain false documents. The information in question suggested that the band was composed of Algerian and Tunisian nationals, according to the Sudinfo website.
The first point of contact was a mobile phone number linked to a Portuguese driver's license. The latter appeared to belong to a man of Algerian nationality
Since then, wiretaps have been set up to deepen the investigation. These tapping indeed directed the police on the main suspect of the network, made up of Algerians and Moroccans.
In his fifties, the suspect had a real workshop of making false identity documents. In any case, this is what investigators discovered during a search of his home, according to the same source. A total of 23 GSM and several counterfeit documents were seized.
In addition to this discovery, the police also discovered during their investigation that the accused had purchased more than 2000 plastic cards between December 2015 and December 2017.
The Brussels public prosecutor's office ordered three to eight years' imprisonment for seven defendants on suspicion of belonging to a gang specialized in the smuggling of papers.