A 20-year-old man was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison for smuggling migrants into the country.
He was sentenced for smuggling migrants in violation of the United Nations convention against international organised crime, for which he got the maximum sentence of two years.
As stated before the Paphos court, the 20-year-old drove a boat – without any experience – and on December 22, 2019, transported 34 migrants to the island.
The court took into account the increased risk to the lives of those on board and noted the many lives lost at sea in such incidents.
His defence attorneys, Maria and Elias Siatolias, referred to the mitigation of the 20-year-old’s sentence based on specific criteria. They argued his confession, cooperation with police, young age and personal details be taken into account.
The court, however, in announcing the sentence referred to the frequency of such crimes – for-profit – and the dangers involved in the process.
The court also noted that each case is judged on its own but stated the defendant’s young age and previously clean criminal record.