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More Cubans Arrive

Immigration officers from the Enforcement Section conducted an operation last night (Wednesday, 1 October) and arrested three Cuban nationals for the offence of illegal entry. The Cubans were arrested without incident and requested to be returned to Cuba.

Further investigations revealed that the three were part of a group of Cubans who stopped into Grand Cayman en route to Honduras on 29 September.

Commenting on the arrest Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson stated: "The arrest of these Cuban nationals highlights the need for continued vigilance when Cuban vessels arrive in the Islands." Mr Manderson pointed out that it is an offence for members of the public to assist or connive in the illegal landing of persons and stated that his department will investigate to determine if members of the public played a part in the three Cuban nationals illegally landing in the Islands.

The Immigration Law sets tough penalties for assisting a person to land illegally in the Islands including a fine of $50,000 or imprisonment for up to seven years.

Additionally, officials state that 12 Cuban migrants, whose vessel arrived off Cayman Brac earlier this week, are still sheltering there from inclement weather. They intend to soon continue their sea journey to Honduras.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian