The district court of Szombathely, in western Hungary, on Wednesday handed a prison term of two years and eight months to a Romanian national who had attempted to help four migrants cross into Austria illegally in September.
The court, in its appealable decision, also ruled that the Romanian taxi driver should be expelled from the country for four years, once he is released from prison.
According to a spokesman for the court, the smuggler had carried the four migrants, believed to be Palestinians, from the southern border to western Hungary, and was to pick them up again on the Austrian side of the border and carry them on to Vienna. He expected to receive a sum of 500 euros for his services.
Three of the migrants were captured in Hungary, while the fourth managed to run away from the police.
The driver was arrested by Hungarian police on Austrian territory.
The police discovered 45 illegal migrants crammed in a truck driven by a Turkish national near Tata, in western Hungary, early on Wednesday, local police reported.
According to the report 42 men and three women were travelling in the truck, which had Romanian plates.
The 29-year-old driver is facing legal proceedings on charges of people smuggling, while the migrants will be questioned and escorted back to the border.