Men Arrested With False Identity Documents: Investigation Continues


The investigation continues concerning the 3 men who arrived on Saturday in the Dutch part of the island of Saint-Martin with falsified identification documents. The custody of the three individuals was extended. According to journalists of Daily Herald the judicial authorities extended the detention of the 3 individuals this Tuesday (source).

However, the PR department of the Ministry of Justice has made it clear that, as it stands, there is nothing to suggest that they are contemplating terrorist action on the island of Saint Martin.

Investigations carried out by the authorities of Saint-Martin - in full cooperation with the French authorities - show that this is more likely to be a case of illegal immigration.

Today the police forces are trying to clarify the questions of the identity of the 3 men, to this end they are in contact with the various international police organisations like Interpol in order to establish their true identity and nationality.

According to local police, the suspects arrived on Saturday evening via a flight from Haiti, they presented themselves to the immigration with Greek passports, but on which the names, places of birth were Syrian.

In the Dutch part, the government calls on those in charge of so-called sensitive matters to increase security levels and warn the police of any suspicious activities. With regard to the Northern islands, the prefecture of Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin stated that the Vigipirate plan had been strengthened, which required increased surveillance of sensitive points, such as ports and airports, by law enforcement agencies.