A 31-year-old man from The Gambia today was sentenced to six months in prison for travelling while using a falsified document.
Eliman Seck was found to have used a stolen ID in order to obtain a Maltese passport, showing his picture but another man’s details, The Malta Independent newspaper reported today, March 14.
Seck has been charged with being in possession of an ID card that does not belong to him, making use of identification that does not belong to him and lastly provided false declarations to the Principal Immigration Officer.
One Magistrate Audrey Demicoli presided over the case while a man named Inspector Victor Aquilina prosecuted in the name of the Principal Immigration Officer.
The court reportedly heard how Seck entered Malta in December 2008 by boat, escaping from his mandatory detention after four months.
He travelled often between Malta and Italy, Inspector Aquilina said.
He also said that the accused has not carried out the minimum time of detention.
Seck did not deny that he used a stolen ID in order to obtain a passport or contest the validity of the arrest.