Riots police stand by migrants as they arrive at a reception camp at Kokkinotrimithia village outside Cyprus' capital Nicosia on Friday, Sept. 26 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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Four Syrians are being held in Cyprus police custody on suspicion of trafficking 345 mostly Syrian refugees who were rescued from a distressed fishing trawler off the island last week, authorities said Monday.A 40-year-old Syrian man is also being sought and Cyprus police have alerted Interpol and Europol about the alleged ringleader of a trafficking network.He was fingered by some of the rescued refugees as organising the trip in which each migrant paid 6,000 dollars -- 3,000 dollars for every child -- to be taken to Italy, the court heard.The island of Cyprus lies about 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the coast of Syria, but has not seen a major influx of refugees from the more than three-year-old conflict.
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