Honduras releases Syrians from jail on bail

Five Syrian men released from jail for using fake passports in Honduras

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police officers escort four of five Syrian men while they leave a court room after they were freed from jail on Tuesday, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 1, 2015.

Five Syrian men caught travelling with fake Greek passports in Honduras last month have been released on bail, a court spokeswoman said.

The men, aged between 21 and 30 agreed to pay a $450 fine each, in exchange for the charges against them being dropped, court spokeswoman Barbara Castillo said.

Castillo added that the Syrians were expected to receive permanent refugee status on Feb. 22, as they are hoping to resettle in the Central American country.

The five Syrians who were caught following the Paris attacks carried out by Syria-linked DAESH terrorists, had triggered an alarm in the United States, as it was where the men had planned to reach.

The Syrians had travelled by air from Syria to Lebanon, then to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and in to Honduras.

Honduran police realised shortly after that there were no signs of the men having any links to a militant or terrorist group, as they were fleeing from their country's war in the first place.

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