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Greek authorities have arrested a brother and sister who were holding 10 migrants hostage near Thessaloniki, the Greek newspaper Proto Tema reported.

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A police investigation revealed that the arrested 33-year-old man and 38-year-old woman had forcibly detained the migrants, abusing them in order to obtain additional money.

Police found 10 people in an abandoned building. According to police, they are from Iran, Syria, Nepal and Afghanistan.

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The two arrested Roma are believed to belong to an organization for the illegal trafficking of migrants and refugees from the prefecture of Evros in northeastern Greece.

A file has been opened against them for criminal association, kidnapping, illegal detention, extortion and illegal smuggling of migrants to the interior of the country, the news site Naftemporiki said.

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