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A former Lebanese worker at the German embassy in Beirut suspected to have sold visas to a Lebanese smuggling clan is wanted by the German authorities.

The German authorities are in search of a man, who used to work at their embassy in Lebanon. He is suspected to have sold visa documents to a Lebanese clan who then use the documents to smuggle Syrian refugees into Germany.

According to German newspaper Bild, the suspect used to work at the visa department of the German embassy in Beirut until 2017, when he illegally took “visa stickers” and sold them to smugglers. The same stickers were allegedly used to bring 26 Syrian refugees to Germany and the Netherlands from August last year to September this year.

It is reported that one sticker was sold to the refugees, between €4,500 and €15,000.

We are working closely with the relevant criminal investigative authorities in this case,” the German Foreign Office told the Bild.

Only last week on Thursday, the German police launched a major raid on four federal states, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Berlin and Saarland, against the same Lebanese clan suspected of trafficking migrants to Germany. 400 federal police persons, including Special Forces, were involved in the operation.

It is estimated that there are over 100 criminal clans operating in Germany, with over 10,000 members together, most of whom are German nationals (36%), followed by Lebanese (31%), Turks (15%) and Syrians (13%).