Three persons were detained for illegal stay in the territory of the Republic.
According to a police announcement, two people aged 23 and 24 went to Paphos airport yesterday with the intention of leaving for Italy. The two persons presented passports from Bulgaria. During the passport control, suspicions were raised that these were forged documents. They interrogated and confessed that the two passports were forged and stated their real details.
A search of the Population Archive revealed that on May 7, 2021, the two young men applied for international protection, a request which was rejected on May 19, 2021. On May 20, they received a letter of rejection. According to the Police, they did not file an appeal within the set deadline of 30 days and therefore from 19 May they are considered to be staying illegally in the territory of the Republic.
It is also reported that the two young men were arrested for the self-inflicted crime of forgery and illegal stay in the territory of the Republic. They were taken to police detention centers where they are being held and efforts are being made to deport them to their country.
In another case, members of the Paphos YAM located and arrested a 23-year-old man in a village in the Paphos province for the self-evident crime of illegal stay in the Republic. As it emerged from further investigations by the Police, the 23-year-old allegedly illegally arrived in the territory of the Republic from the occupied areas. On September 10, 2018, he submitted a request for political asylum, which on February 1, 2019 was rejected. Appeals against that decision also failed. On May 24, 2021 he was informed of the rejection of his last appeal. Since then, his stay in the Republic is considered illegal. After his arrest, the procedures for his deportation are launched.