Venezuelans charged for entering Guyana illegally

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday fined and ordered that two Venezuelans be deported while she remanded another to prison, after they appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on charges of entering Guyana illegally.
The Venezuelans – 27-year-old Faito Jose Perez Reyez; Alexis Jose Compero Medina, 38; and 25-year-old Aldondro Roja Belia, were charged separately for entering Guyana by sea on December 22, 2018, but failed to present themselves to an immigration officer.
Reyez and Medina admitted to the charge while Belia denied the offence.
The unrepresented men, by means of a Spanish translator, informed the court that they presented themselves to an immigration officer, where they signed their names but have no legal document to prove their claims.
However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the men were arrested in relation to a robbery at sea, while he further stated that checks on immigration records revealed that they entered the country illegally.
The Chief Magistrate fined Reyez and Medina $15,000 each and deported them while Belia was remanded to prison until December 31.