A magistrate on Wednesday gave a Turkish refugee seeking asylum a warning for breaking the national curfew intended to minimize the local spread of the novel coronavirus.
Mohetaer Maihemuti, 33, pleaded guilty to violation of curfew at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.
Police arrested Maihemuti at 12:15 a.m. on June 9 at the juncture of Village Road and Bernard Road.
Maihemuti told police that he was picking up Wi-Fi from Burger King.
He told the court that he belonged to a Turkish ethnic group that was oppressed by the Chinese government.
According to Maihemuti, he became homeless during the pandemic after the assistance that he received from the United Nations ended.
The magistrate contacted a representative from the Immigration Department to confirm Maihemuti’s claims before giving him a discharge.
Rolle-Davis, however, suggested that Maihemuti apply for a work permit so that he could sustain himself.