Three Venezuelan men were yesterday each fined $30,000 and ordered deported for entering Guyana illegally.
Paul Carlos Raimondo Garraway, Sanchez Louis Jose and Alfonzo Salano Cauaseal all pleaded guilty to illegal entry charges read to them at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry heard that on September 4, at Charity, Essequibo, the men entered Guyana by sea and disembarked without the consent of an immigration officer.
When asked by the Chief Magistrate why they came to Guyana, Jose, a 24-year-old businessman, said through an interpreter that a friend told him that Guyana was beautiful and that he could visit as often as he would like.
The other two men said that they came to Guyana to visit family.
Prosecutor Bharrat Mangru said that the three men were approached by police ranks in Essequibo and when they were asked to produce their travel documents, they could not as they had none. He said that they told police that they came in a small boat. They were then arrested.
The men were each fined $30,000 or three months imprisonment. They were also ordered to be deported after the fines have been paid.