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Haitians swiftly deported

Eighty-nine Haitian migrants were deported to Haiti after the the adults in the group pleaded guilty to illegal landing in Magistrates’ Court yesterday, according to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).

The migrants, 64 men, 14 women and 11 children were apprehended on Wednesday in waters near Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera following a joint operation by the RBDF, Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Department of Immigration and United States Coast Guard.

The adults were sentenced to conditional deportation, the RBDF said.

In a separate matter, two Haitians were also charged in Eleuthera after they were found in a 30-foot cabin cruiser off Half Moon Cay.

According to the statement, one of the men did not have the proper documents to reside in The Bahamas. He was charged with illegal landing, convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison. His case was deferred to the Department of Immigration for deportation following his release.

The other Haitian, a spousal permit holder, was charged with harboring an illegal person. He was sentenced to one-year in prison and a $3,000 fine. His vessel was confiscated.

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