Human smuggler Mohammed Rafiq handed prison term over false refugee claimants

Smuggling two women into Canada as refugees has landed a Calgary man a two-year prison term.

Provincial court Judge Josh Hawkes on Wednesday said jail was necessary considering Mohammed Rafiq’s extensive involvement in the smuggling scheme.

“He also assisted in the retrieval and reuse of a well-executed forged Pakistani passport, an important task in the ongoing scheme.”

Rafiq was compensated with free airfare between Pakistan and Canada, as well as being promised future assistance in smuggling a relative to Canada.

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