St Albans man denies human trafficking charge after speed boat interception

PUBLISHED: 13:19 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 11 September 2018

Nazmi Velia, of Park Street Lane in St Albans, pleaded not guilty to a charge relating to human trafficking at St Albans Crown Court. Picture: Danny Loo

Nazmi Velia, of Park Street Lane in St Albans, pleaded not guilty to a charge relating to human trafficking at St Albans Crown Court. Picture: Danny Loo

Archant

A 31-year-old man from St Albans has denied a charge related to human trafficking after a speed boat was intercepted on a beach.

A speed boat was intercepted on Walmer Beach in Kent on August 3. Picture: Google Street ViewA speed boat was intercepted on Walmer Beach in Kent on August 3. Picture: Google Street View

Nazmi Velia, 31, of Park Street Lane, pleaded not guilty at St Albans Crown Court yesterday after being charged with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law.

Mr Velia was arrested alongside Thomas Mason, of High Street in the Bedfordshire village of Eyeworth, and Egert Kajici, 34, of Turner Drive in Oxford, after a boat was stopped in Walmer, Kent, on August 3 during a joint operation between the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit and Border Force.

Mr Mason and Mr Kajici were both charged with the same offence and also pleaded not guilty yesterday.

All three men were remanded in custody after bail was refused by Judge Philip Grey.

A date for the trial at St Albans Crown Court has been set for January 28, 2019.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Herts Advertiser