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Police detain illegal immigrants, suspected people smuggler

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Police have arrested three Syrian men for staying in Cyprus illegally, as well as another man, also Syrian, suspected of smuggling them into Cyprus through Turkey for cash.

The three men were arrested at a residence in Yeroskipou, Paphos, where they were staying illegally.

One of the suspects had his wife and two underage children with him but they were not detained on compassionate grounds, police said.

The three suspects told police they had been brought to Cyprus by two other Syrian nationals who live on the island legally.

They claimed they had paid the men €30,000 for visas to Sweden.

The three said they arrived in Cyprus on a boat from Turkey.

They landed in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in the north and from there they crossed into the government controlled areas.

Initially the six had been taken to Limassol but were later moved to a house in Yeroskipou.

Police arrested one of the two men named by the three and were looking for the second one who is said to be living in Limassol.

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