Asylum seeker used benefits to set up drugs network
The Local · 20 Sep 2016, 16:58
Published: 20 Sep 2016 16:58 GMT+02:00
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When the city of Wels where the Afghan lived slashed the benefits for recognised asylum seekers, the man instead moved to the capital Vienna where the benefits remained at €914, according to the prosecutors.
The prosecutors refused to say how much drugs were involved, but confirmed it was a substantial amount.
The man had reportedly been able to fly back to Kabul several times, claiming he was going on holiday despite the fact he had fled the country because of the war.
Afghanistan is currently the biggest opium producer in the world.
Prosecutors refused to give too many details but spokesman Christian Hubmer confirmed that the man and three other Afghan suspects had been arrested.
Asked about reports that the case involved 18 kilograms of cannabis, he said that it was a larger amount but would not give a figure.
People granted asylum in Austria are typically awarded €914 a month to cover their living costs but many local areas have reduced this to €520.
Story courtesy of Central European News.