3 Syrians given prison sentences for trafficking
The Permanent Assize Court of Larnaca-Famagusta announced on Monday the sentences on three Syrians who were found guilty of offenses relating to smuggling immigrants into Cyprus and aiding illegal entry into the country.
The Court sentenced Abdul Sattar Mohammed, 35 years old, to 3,5 years imprisonment for smuggling immigrants into Cyprus. It also sentenced Maher Ali Bayram, 32, and Naser Kazem Ismail, aged 50, to 18 months imprisonment after having found them guilty of illegal entry of persons into the territory of the Republic.
A total of 26 illegal migrants, 15 Syrians, eight Lebanese and the three accused were rescued off the coast of Cyprus in 2015. They told the Cypriot authorities that they had came from Lebanon from where they left on October 30, 2015, and that their destination was Greece, however during the journey their trafficker boarded another boat and left them on the vessel trying to cope with the raging waves.
Most of the people rescued come from Tartus, Lebanon. They told the police that they had paid to their trafficker two thousand dollars for each adult and one thousand dollars for each child.