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30-day sentences for two minor immigrants who tried to leave Malta using false passports

Two Tunisian youths, aged 15 and 17 years, have admitted to trying to escape to Italy using false passports.

Inspector Hubert Gerada explained to Magistrate Charmaine Galea that this morning the youths attempted to board the catamaran to Sicily with false Italian passports.

One of the youths told the Police he wanted to go to Italy in order to get to Tunisia.

The youths are migrants who arrived in Malta in August, and who were living at Dar il-Liedna in Fgura.

The Inspector added they had stated they worked for a Sudanese national who they had not seen for some time and had given scant information to the Police.

According to the youths, they had paid the Sudanese between 500 and 600 euro for the passport.

Assisted by legal aid lawyer Dr Simon Micallef Stafrace, the youths admitted to the charges.

In view of their young age, both being minors, the youths were each sentenced to 30 days in jail.