The boss of a Kurdish smuggling ring has been arrested at Manchester Airport after happening the run forward of his sentencing.

Tarik Namik failed to indicate up at courtroom again in December and was handed an eight-year jail sentence in his absence, the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) stated.

The courtroom had beforehand heard how the 45-year-old from Oldham had been discovered to be the top of an organised crime group concerned in transporting migrants from Iraq and Iran to the UK at the back of lorries, the company added.

4 different members of his gang have been sentenced alongside him.

Namik first turned a topic of an NCA investigation again in 2017, and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he missed his courtroom date on 9 December.

He was arrested “the second he set foot again within the UK” after touchdown in Manchester on a flight travelling from Istanbul, the NCA stated.

“Namik was a prolific individuals smuggler whose crime group put susceptible migrants at nice threat whereas he reaped the income,” stated NCA department commander Richard Harrison.

“I am delighted that he’ll now face justice for the offences he dedicated.

“Fugitives by no means come off our radar, and I would wish to thank our colleagues at Better Manchester Police for his or her help in guaranteeing he was detained rapidly the second he set foot again within the UK.”

Namik was attributable to seem at Manchester Magistrates’ Court docket on Saturday and is prone to return to the crown courtroom on Monday to be formally sentenced.