Five men were remanded for eight days by the Larnaca district court on Saturday in connection with illegally entering the Republic of Cyprus and using fake passports in a bid to leave the island.
Caught at Larnaca airport on Friday at around 1:30pm, the five were intending to fly to Vienna with Milano being the final destination.
According to police, two of the men aged 30 and 26, from France had genuine passports. It later transpired they were smugglers for another three men, aged 25, 34 and 38.
Though the latter had French passports, airport security found they were fake.
Taken for questioning, they insisted they were French nationals.
Upon further investigation, their original passports, from Comoro Islands, were found in the smugglers luggage along with two post office receipts.
The five then told officers the French documents did not belong to them and they had arrived to Cyprus from Turkey via the occupied areas a few days ago.
They were arrested on the spot in connection with forgery, illegal entry into the Republic of Cyprus and assisting people smuggling.