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Human trafficking accused given bail

By Alan Erwin

Published 08/06/2016

Two men were allegedly trafficked from Lithuania to carry out shoplifting sprees in towns across Northern Ireland, the High Court has heard
Two men were allegedly trafficked from Lithuania to carry out shoplifting sprees in towns across Northern Ireland, the High Court has heard

Two men were allegedly trafficked from Lithuania to carry out shoplifting sprees in towns across Northern Ireland, the High Court has heard.

One of them claimed he was told either he or his family would be killed if he stopped stealing from retail parks and centres.

Details emerged as bail was granted to a 55-year-old man accused of running the racket.

Lithuanian national Edmundas Kavaliauskas, with an address at Mill Street in Gilford, Co Down, denies charges of human trafficking and threats to kill. He was arrested last month by police investigating complaints raised in October 2015.

Prosecution counsel Conor Maguire said two Lithuanian men, aged in their 20s and 50s, walked into Portadown police station to claim they had been trafficked by Kavaliauskas.

Mr Justice Colton ordered the accused to provide a £2,000 cash surety and surrender all travel documents.

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