Four Cubans were on Friday fined and deported after admitting to overstaying in Guyana when they appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly.
Jeandre Carrion, between January 2 and June 15, 2017, at Georgetown, failed to comply with conditions subject to which any permit is granted; that is to say, having been permitted to stay in the country from December 2, 2016 to January 1, 2017, he overstayed the said period.
Also, his counterparts: Jordon Sotolomongo, Juliach Galafe and Odalys Diaz, were separately charged with a similar offence; which stated that between January and June, they failed to comply with conditions subject to which any permit is granted. That is to say, having been permitted to stay in the country for a
stipulated time, they overstayed that period.
The individuals admitted to the offence through an interpreter, and apologised to the court for their actions. Carrion, who was clad in a vest and knee-length shorts, first apologised to the magistrate for his attire before entering a guilty plea.
He expressed his guilt at knowing that he had broken the law of the country by his actions, adding that it was only his intention to do the right thing. Carrion explained that he was not familiar with the relevant procedures, and it was owing to this lack of information, coupled with the language barrier, that he found himself in such a predicament.
To the humour of the court, he asked the magistrate if he was being banned from
the country, while expressing his love for Guyana and adding that he would like to return someday, now being aware of the legal procedures. Magistrate Daly explained the difference between being banned and deported, and assured him that he may return if he wished.
They were each ordered to pay a fine of $30,000, and will be deported to their country of origin after paying the stipulated fine.