Arrival of immigrants in Cape Greco – 5 persons were arrested

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The Famagusta District Court today issued an 8-day detention order against five foreigners, one from Syria and four from Lebanon, to facilitate the Police's investigations regarding an investigated case of arrival in the Republic of Cyprus, a total of 210 illegal immigrants.

Information from the KYPE states that the five foreigners were arrested after the arrival in Cyprus of three ships, which were detected yesterday, Wednesday, November 29, by the radar of the Port and Maritime Police, to be off Cape Greco, in the free province of Famagusta.

With the escort of the Port and Maritime Police, the three boats were taken to the marina of Agia Napa and after the details of the passengers were recorded, they were then transferred to the "Pournara" Temporary Hospitality Center in Kokkinotrimithia.

There were 19 people on one boat, 114 on the second and 77 on the third, and as they said they had started with the boats from Syria and Lebanon.

From investigations and examinations by the Police, it was established that among the passengers there were also five people - one aged 50, two aged 22, one 37 and one 26 - who appear to have been the drivers of the three boats, as a result of which they were arrested.

Today the five persons were brought before the District Court of Famagusta which issued a detention order against them for eight days.

The five are facing offenses related, among others, to being a prohibited immigrant, illegal entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, assisting the illegal entry of persons from a third country into the Republic, assisting a person from a third country with the intent and purpose of obtaining profit and transporting persons by water with an unsafe or overloaded vessel.