STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
THE ten North African immigrants who arrived illegally by boat last Sunday on the Island of Cabrera off the southern tip of Majorca, left yesterday from the port of Palma for Valencia where they will be held at an internment centre.

National Police reported that following their capture, the ten had appeared before a magistrate who had ordered they be sent to the detention centre to be held for a maximum of 40 days. During this period, authorities will need to decide how the return of the immigrants to their country of origin will be organised.

The presiding magistrate was not able to identify the captain of the vessel in which the ten had arrived. If he had been identified, charges of negligence against the rights of foreign citizens would have been laid against him, a crime which carries a prison sentence.

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