Migrants arraigned before Freeport magistrates for infractions of immigration laws

Migrants arraigned before Freeport magistrates for infractions of immigration laws

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — Six Brazilian nationals and one Haitian national were on Tuesday arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith on charges of overstaying in The Bahamas, according to a Department of Immigration press statement.

According to a Department of Immigration press statement, all of the migrants pleaded guilty and were ordered to remain in immigration custody for further processing.

A second group consisting of five Haitian nationals also appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson on Thursday to answer to charges of illegal landing.

Those migrants also all pleaded guilty and were fined $300 each, or in default of payment must serve eight months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS).

Further, one female migrant from the second group was also charged and convicted for overstaying. She was fined $1,500, or in default of payment must serve eight months at BDOCS.