Seven on human trafficking charge in court

Five men and two women are to stand trial for their alleged involvement with trafficking migrant workers into the UK. The arrests were made after raids at 21 houses in the Kettering area in 2008, the largest human trafficking operation of its kind.

At an earlier hearing held in April, it was heard that Gurdip Somal, 51, of Cleveland Avenue, Kettering, Manjinder Somal, 45, of Cleveland Avenue, Kettering, Jujhar Singh, 26, of Dickens Drive, Kettering, Feth Bal, 24, of Havelock Street, Kettering, all deny charges of people trafficking for labour.

Santokh Nizzar, 49, from Coventry, and Anna Jemiolo, 25, of Coventry, also deny the charges and Varinder Singh, 29, of Dickens Drive, Kettering, denies money laundering.

The charges were not read out in court, and the defendants were not required to formally plead to the charges they individually face.

Their trial, which is expected to last up to 12 weeks, is due to start at Northampton Crown Court from November 29.

A number of witnesses are due to be brought over from Eastern Europe to give evidence.

The defendants were arrested in November 2008 as a result of Operation Ruby which targeted the trafficking of people into the UK from Slovakia Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary. It was the largest operation of its kind ever staged in the UK.

It is alleged that up to £10 million was laundered through various companies set up to conceal the trafficking.

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