Illegal immigrants to be extradited after serving 10 month sentences Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

Three immigrants, a Honduran national and two Salvadoran nationals, were caught living in Belize illegally. On August 9, 2017, the Belize Immigration Department took them to court to answer to a single charge of illegal entry. They have been identified as 19-year-old Honduran national Tony Salomon Hernandez Almendarez along with 25-year-old Moises Isaias Franco Reyes and 35-year-old Salvador Antonio Clavel, both Salvadorans.

The trio appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford with Lindsay Wada as Immigration Prosecutor.

Allegations made against Almendarez is that on July 31, 2017, he committed the offence of entering Belize elsewhere than an approve place of entry. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $1,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court fine. He was ordered to pay the fine forthwith in default of 10 months’ imprisonment.

The allegation made against Clavel and Reyes is that on Friday, August 7, 2017, they entered Belize elsewhere than an approved place of entry. The Salvadorans also pleaded guilty and were imposed the same fines.

All three immigrants were unable to pay their fine and are serving their 10 month prison terms at the Belize Central Prison. Removal orders were requested by the Immigration Department which the court granted. They will be sent to their home country at the end of their 10 months’ prison terms.