March 9, 2016 By Hawa Amara
Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, a Pakistani, who used forged travelling document to enter Sierra Leone, was Monday deported back to his country by Magistrate Dr. Abubakarr Binneh-Kamara, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1.
The order from the magistrate came after the Pakistani pleaded guilty to entering Sierra Leone without valid travel document last week, contrary to the Non-Citizens Registration, Immigration and Expulsion Act of 1956.
The Act states that anyone who enters Sierra Leone without a valid travel document shall be liable on conviction to a term not exceeding six months or deportation to the culprit’s country of origin.
Defense counsel Ishmael Philip Mammie had apologised on behalf of his client, who he said admitted his guilt with remorse.
Bhatti was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 on two counts of entering Sierra Leone without a valid traveling document, contrary to section 19(2)(f)(1)((a) of the Non-Citizens Registration, Immigration and Expulsion Act and using a forged visa, contrary to section 36(1) of the same Act.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused entered the country without a valid travelling document on Thursday, 28 January, 2016 via the Freetown International Airport at Lungi. He has been put in detention awaiting deportation.