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Dec 1, 2014

Cubans Charged for Illegal Entry

Tonight two Cubans are in Immigration Department custody pending payment of fines for immigration offenses. Thereafter, they are expected to be expelled but it is not certain where they will be heading. Meanwhile, a Belizean and another Cuban, who has been living in Belize for eighteen years, are out on bail of one thousand dollars each after they pleaded not guilty to aiding Yoelkis Garcia and Jaema Manuela Iglesia Aldana, to remain in Belize. Both Cuban nationals were caught in Belize illegally as they were crossing the Banks of the Mopan River last week. This morning, they were in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to a single charge of illegal entry; the duo pleaded guilty. The first to be arraigned was Garcia who took umbrage at the accusation of being illegal in the country, but later pleaded guilty even though his attorney was not in court.  In the case of Aldana, who had to offer apologies for disrespecting the Senior Magistrate, she pleaded guilty for being in Belize illegally.  Also arraigned were fifty year old Belizean national, Noellwyn Lester Ramclam, a mechanic of Mahogany Street in Belize City along with Alberto Quintana, who told the court he sells medications.  Both Ramclam and Quintana are jointly charged with aiding the two Cuban nationals, Garcia and Aldana.

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