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  • Wednesday, April, 2020| Today's Market | Current Time: 03:01:54
  • In France, a court yesterday sentenced an imam to two years in prison for helping migrants try to cross the English Channel in inflatable boats.

    The 39-year-old preacher, who is of Iranian origin and was granted political asylum in France, is accused of organising several crossings from northern France to England since last December.

    A 29-year-old Senegalese man who attends the mosque in Rouen where the imam preaches also stood trial. He got nine months in jail and was banned from visiting the northern French regions of Nord and Pas-de-Calais for three years.

    For years, thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia have attempted to reach Britain from the French port of Calais, the vast majority by trying to stow away on trucks crossing the Channel.