The three families of Turkish nationals – in total 12 people – who were caught on Monday after attempting to travel with fake documents from Larnaca airport have filed for political asylum, it was reported on Tuesday.
Around noon on Monday, three families of Turkish nationals – six children and six adults – arrived at Larnaca airport, intending to fly to Germany. During passport control, police realised that some of them had fake passports, while the rest presented fake visas.
One family of four, police said, presented fake Turkish passports, while the others presented fake Turkish visas. The police arrested the three men, while the three women and the six children were taken to a Larnaca hotel. The families reportedly told police they have been living in the north the last three to four years.
The Cyprus News Agency reported that the legal services said on Tuesday that the group would not be prosecuted and that instructions were given to the immigration and asylum service to process their request for political asylum.