Couple arrested for trading newborn babies

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Police in Germany have arrested two people on suspicion of trading newborn babies.

According to a statement, the two arrested are Bulgarian nationals. They were arrested in Neunkirchen, in the state of Saarland.

The 58 year-old-man and his 51-year-old wife are accused of being part of a criminal organization which trades in newborn babies. The two suspects who had been issued a European Arrest Warrant are thought to have bought at least eight heavily pregnant women from Bulgaria to Greece. Both are now in custody, police said.

Once the babies were delivered in Greece, the two suspects allegedly handed the newborns to other members of their criminal gang for resale, the police alleged. The mothers in turn were promised payment.

After extensive investigations, Saarland police authorities took in the couple while the two were driving a car. The two have appeared at the Saarbruecken District court and are now being held in two correctional facilities, in Saarbruecken and Zweibruecken respectively.

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