Thursday, July 07, 2005

Illegal immigrant to be deported

A young man who swam from Spain to Eastern Beach appeared in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with entering Gibraltar illegally.

Vladimir Ivanov, of no fixed abode, was wet and dressed only in his underpants when he was arrested on the beach close to the runway at around 9pm on Tuesday evening. His possessions were found in a bin liner nearby.

Mr Ivanov was discharged for 12 months, which means he can face prosecution for the offence should he be found in Gibraltar again during that period.

Stipendiary Magistrate Charles Pitto ordered that he be held in detention until he can be deported to Belarus, his country of origin.

Immigration authorities have 28 days to make contact with the Belarus embassy in London and make the necessary arrangements.

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