Haitian nationals charged in court for illegal landing

HAITIAN NATIONALS CHARGED – Bahamas Department of Immigration (BDI) officials revealed that two Haitian nationals were hauled before Freeport Magistrate’s Court # 2 on Friday November 30 and pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal landing. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF BDI)

Officials of the Bahamas Department of Immigration (BDI) informed this daily on Sunday December 2 that two undocumented Haitian nationals were hauled before the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday November 30, for the offense of illegal landing.

Napthali Cooper, Grade One Officer, BDI, gave the particulars pertaining to the court appearance of the two.

“On Thursday (November 29, 2018), acting on information received relative to undocumented Haitian nationals staying at an apparent abandoned address in the Freeport area, Immigration officers proceeded to investigate.

“Upon arrival at the location, officers took into custody two young Haitian males who were unable to produce proof of legal status in The Bahamas. Subsequently they were transported to the Immigration headquarters for further processing,” revealed Cooper.

He continued by informing that the men, while at BDI headquarters on island, admitted that they entered the country illegally by boat, from their home country of Haiti earlier this year, in hopes of a better life.

Subsequently. according to Cooper, the BDI charged the men in Freeport Magistrate’s Court #2 for the offense of illegal landing.

Both men pled guilty to the charges and were each fined $300, and in default sentenced of one month imprisonment at the Bahamas Department of Corrections in New Providence.

“The men were then turned over into the custody of the Royal Bahamas Police Force pending payment of their fines,” stated Cooper.

He added that If and when fines were paid, the duo would be escorted to Nassau to be detained at the Detention Centre until repatriated to Haiti.

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