Thirty-five illegal immigrants from Egypt were deported from Italy, said the Italian interior ministry. The migrants had been held in the identification and expulsion centre on the island of Lampedusa, before being put on a charter flight to Cairo. An Egyptian police probe in 2007 revealed that international trafficking rings, operating from Libya, were smuggling Egyptians into Europe at the price of $3,000 per person. Just last week, another 38 illegal Immigrants had been repatriated.

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