One person arrested for trafficking in relation to arrival of immigrants

A boat with 143 migrants on board was towed into the harbour at Latsi, in the Paphos district, in the early hours of Monday, and one person has already been arrested for human trafficking.

According to the Police, the boat was seen off Pomos and three hours later it was towed in, with 62 men, 31 women, and 50 children on board, who were taken to the Polis Chrysohous Police Station. They were given first aid, food, and other necessities.

After questioning by the Police, it appeared that the trafficker was among the immigrants.

Spokesman and Head of the Paphos Police Crime Combating Department Michalis Ioannou told the press that this person is a 29-year-old Syrian, who was subsequently arrested for the offences of conspiracy, contribution and assistance to banned immigrants to enter and reside on the Republic’s territory, for trafficking immigrants by sea, for transporting persons by sea on an unsafe or overloaded vessel.

Later today, the Syrian will be taken to the Paphos District Court for a remand order.

Ioannou said that questioning revealed that there were 17 banned immigrants on board the boat.

Furthermore, three pregnant women and one person who suffered nausea were taken to the Polis Chrysohous Hospital, where they received first aid, and were then returned to the Police Station to join the other immigrants.

Questioning also revealed that the immigrants set off on Saturday afternoon from Mersin, Turkey, after paying 2,000 dollars each to the trafficers.

After their details are taken, 125 of the 143 immigrants are expected to be transferred to the reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia, in the Nicosia district.

Source: Cyprus News Agency