A 33-year-old Syrian citizen who was transporting migrants at the end of October and was arrested after a police chase near Hajnówka (Podlaskie Voivodeship) is to be arrested for three months. This was the decision of the District Court in Białystok, which received a complaint from the prosecutor’s office against the decision of the lower court, which decided that the Syrian may be at liberty. Now the prosecutor’s office will issue an arrest warrant for the man.
It is about the event on Saturday (October 23), when the police wanted to stop a van with German registration numbers, which was driving along Bielska Street in Hajnówka.
The driver stopped the car for a moment, then started abruptly. Almost without hitting the nearby policeman – said in October Deputy Inspector Tomasz Krupa, spokesman for the Podlasie police.
He caused a collision and drove into a ditch
The uniforms immediately gave chase. The car was initially driven towards Łosinka, and then towards Tyniewicz Małe. On the national road number 66, between Szastały and Grabowiec, the driver crashed into a Citroen coming from the opposite direction, and then stopped in a roadside ditch.
A group of people ran out of the car towards the nearby forest. – After several dozen minutes, the uniforms found 10 people and determined that they were Syrian citizens who were staying in Poland illegally. Among them was a driver who was detained and ended up in the police arrest – reported the policeman.
The court of first instance did not accede to the prosecutor’s request
A 33-year-old Syrian has heard accusations of helping foreigners to cross the border illegally, failing to stop at a roadside check and actively attacking a police officer (using a dangerous tool, i.e. a car). In addition, he will be responsible for committed traffic violations.
The suspect confessed and provided an explanation. The prosecutor requested that he be arrested for three months. She argued this not only with the fear of deception, but also with the fact that the driver did not have a permanent place of residence in Poland.
The Hajnów Branch of the District Court in Bielsk Podlaski, however, did not accede to this request. He assessed, inter alia, that all the most important activities involving the suspect had been performed, and the further part of the preparatory proceedings may take place without his participation.
The district court agreed to arrest
The prosecutor’s office appealed against this decision and again referred, inter alia, to for fear of deception and the fact that the foreigner does not have a permanent place of residence in Poland. Investigators also argued that the Syrian faced a severe penalty without suspension – active assault on a policeman could be up to 10 years, and for assisting in smuggling people – up to eight years in prison.
The District Court in Białystok upheld this complaint on Tuesday (November 9) and applied a preventive measure to suspect Bilal A. in the form of temporary detention for three months from the date of his arrest.
The man lives in Germany
The head of the district prosecutor’s office in Hajnówka, Jan Andrejczuk, told the Polish Press Agency that it will now be the responsibility of the police to determine whether the suspect is in Poland and to arrest him, and the prosecutor’s office will be required to issue an arrest warrant as the basis for such searches.
If the search has to be extended to foreign countries (and the Syrian resides in Germany), a European Arrest Warrant will have to be issued.
The police pursuit began on Bielska Street in Hajnówka
Main photo source: KPP Hajnowka