January 14, 2016 / 12:08 AM / 2 years ago

Briton who tried to bring Afghan child in UK cleared off illegal migration charges

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER (Reuters) - A British ex-soldier who tried to smuggle a four-year-old Afghan girl into Britain at her father’s request was on Thursday cleared off all charges related to aiding illegal immigration.

Ex-soldier Rob Lawrie attends a news conference with Afghani girl Bahar Ahmadi, known as Bru, in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The French court handed 49-year-old ex-soldier Rob Lawrie a suspended 1,000 euro fine on the charge of putting her life in danger - namely transporting her in the cache of a van rather than on a child seat with a seatbelt. But he won’t have to pay it unless he commits any other infraction in France.

Reporting by Ingrid Melander Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.

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