Left-wing groups protest during a solidarity rally for the refugees and migrants at the border town of Alexandroupolis, northeastern Greece, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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A court in Turkey's western region of Izmir placed under arrest six people on charges of trafficking migrants seeking to cross the Aegean to the European Union, including a sergeant in the Turkish gendarmerie, reports said Saturday.The member of the gendarmerie, a branch of the army responsible for domestic security, is suspected of turning blind eye to the trafficking of migrants and also tipping off smugglers about planned operations against them, the CNN-Turk channel and Dogan news agency said.In exchange for his help, the sergeant, named only as R.A. received bribes of $100 per migrant or $3,000 for a boatload of migrants, the reports said.He and five other people-smuggling suspects were remanded in custody Friday by the court in the Seferihisar district ahead of trial.
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