BUENOS AIRES Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents have been almost certainly obtained in Turkey.
The six, such as a single minor, had been taken into custody at a downtown Buenos Aires hotel on Friday right after landing at the city’s Ezeiza International Airport on Thursday, the spokesman stated.
A spate of detentions in South and Central America more than current weeks show the area has grow to be a route for Syrians fleeing war in their homeland.
Less than three weeks ago, five Syrian men who had paid smugglers $ 10,000 every single to travel by way of Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica had been detained in Honduras as they attempted to head north to the United States.
These arrested on Friday had been unarmed and charged only with making use of false travel documents, stated the spokesman. A court hearing has been set for Wednesday, as Monday and Tuesday are public holidays in Argentina. The detainee under the age of 18 was undergoing psychological counseling.
“No far more information will be released until they make statements ahead of a judge,” said the spokesman, who did not disclose the origin of the flight the Syrians took to Ezeiza.
“They are becoming really cooperative,” he mentioned.
The earlier instances sparked alarm among some U.S. lawmakers right after it emerged at least 1 of the attackers involved in the deadly shootings and suicide bombings in Paris final month could have entered Europe amongst migrants registered in Greece.
In October Brazil detained eight Iraqi nationals who police stated were traveling on false Greek passports they had obtained in Turkey. A trickle of immigrants also attain the U.S. land border from other countries fighting Islamist insurgencies.
(Extra reporting by Richard Lough and Juliana Castilla Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)