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Smugglers of Gypsy Children Sentenced

January 18, 1986

ZAGREB, Yugoslavia (AP) _ A district court sentenced a man to one year in prison for smuggling Gypsy children into Italy and gave three accomplices suspended terms, Vjesnik magazine reported.

The court in Koper, about 250 miles west of Zagreb, handed down the sentences Wednesday, said Vjesnik in its latest issue. The magazine identified the main defendant as Ismet Alibasic, 26, and said it had been his second offense.

Austrian and Yugoslav police arrested 14 people on both sides of their common border Dec. 6 and charged them in connection with child smuggling operations.

Austrian police said afterward that about 100 Yugoslav Gypsy children apparently were smuggled to Italy since last summer and trained there as thieves and beggars.

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