Czech police stopped near the German border a minivan with UK license plates, carrying 31 Iraqi citizens.

None of the Iraqis has neither permission to enter the country, nor to reside in the Czech Republic. All of them are now in police custody, as well as the driver, who is a citizen of Romania.

The Czech Republic tightened controls on foreign residents in June. Law enforcement officials have conducted regular interstate train and bus inspections since then and extended controls across 20 crossings along the Austrian border.