NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A Magistrate’s Court has convicted 56 Haitians of illegal landing, with 10 repeat offenders remanded to prison for a year.
In a statement, the Bahamas Immigration Department said 50 men and six women were charged before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.
The migrants all pled guilty, according to the release, which noted the group was intercepted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force near Deadman’s Cay, Long Island on November 9.
The statement continued: “A check of the Border Control Management System revealed that 10 of the migrants convicted were repeated offenders and were fined $3,000.00 each, in addition to a one (1) year sentence at Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
“The remainder of this group were ordered early deportation and turned over to Bahamas Immigration Department.”
The statement added: “The Department will continue its commitment to carrying out the mandates of our agency to combat illegal migration, by establishing effective border control management in compliance with the Statute Laws of our country.”