Published On: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015

Investigation three Syrians in Sint Maarten

Sint MaartenPHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD - In the case of the three Syrians that were arrested on Sint Maarten on Saturday the 14th of November 2015, the investigation is continuing. The three men travelled into Sint Maarten with false Greek passports and identity cards. They have not asked for asylum. Using false travel documents is a crime based on article 2:184 lid 2 or article 2:186a of the Penal Code. Based on this, they were arrested. The judge of instruction on Tuesday decided that this arrest and the following extension of custody was rightfully done and also needed for the investigation.

The investigation is conducted by KPSM with assistance of two detectives from the Dutch National Police (Landelijke Eenheid Nederlandse Politie) and an Arabic translator. The investigation is focused on how and where the false documents were obtained and on what the real identity is of the three suspects. Because the suspects claim to have fled from Syria and travelling to Europe via the route Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti and into Sint Maarten, information is being shared with Interpol and other international law enforcement agencies, including the US. Similar travelling routes have been used by other Syrians who were arrested in neighboring countries. Thus, there are indications that there is a human smuggling network involved. So far, there is no evidence that there is a connection between the three suspects and terrorist groups.

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