Congolese couple fined over fake travel documents
By Collins Kweyu - April 21st 2022
A Congolese couple has admitted to using a fake Switzerland residence card to fly out from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kanga David and Kanga Nee Akouala were presented before Milimani Court Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo on Tuesday and pleaded guilty.
The charge sheet stated that on February 12, 2022 at JKIA, Nairobi being Congo Brazzaville nationals they were found using counterfeit Switzerland residency card.
They told the magistrate that they were remorseful for their action.
“Your honour, we are victims of unscrupulous agents who gave them to us and we thought that they were genuine cards. Our passports are genuine,” they said.
They maintained that they were ignorant and asked the court to be lenient as they had never broken any law before. The couple said that they were ready to comply with the law of immigration and forfeit the fake cards.
Kagendo said that the two have been in custody for over two months and have known the punishment of being on the wrong side of the law.
She ordered that each of them pay a fine of Sh50,000 or serve a jail term of six months each.
The magistrate also ordered that the cards be seized by the Immigration Department and destroyed.
On completion of their jail term or upon paying of the fine, they should be repatriated to Congo Brazzaville.
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