After the Maltese police investigation uncovered a number of inaccuracies in Eebis Getu’s story, she admitted to coming to Malta using fake documents.

By Mathias Mallia (The Malta Independent) |

Eebis Getu, a 29 year-old Ethiopian was denied bail by a court this morning after she was arrested and charged with fabricating a story in order to have legitimate reasons to seek asylum.

The defense, led by lawyers Dr Lara Dimitrijevic and Dr. Stephanie Caruana, corroborated the woman’s story saying that her passport was even taken from her once she was brought to the country. Dr. Dimitrijevic spoke about how Ms. Getu was told what to do, where to go and who to speak to before being brought here.

The prosecution, led by Inspector Paula Ciantar, explained to the court that the accused had alleged that she was being kept against her will in a hotel room until her captor was having a shower and she ran out to catch a bus to the police station. Meanwhile it turns out her husband, who she had claimed was still in Ethiopia, had given her a lift to the police station and was worried as soon as he heard nothing more from her after he dropped her off, leading to the police thoroughly investigating her story.

After her arrest following the police investigation which uncovered a number of inaccuracies in her story, Ms. Getu admitted to coming to Malta using fake documents of which she was no longer in possession.

Magistrate Charmaine Galea who presided the case concluded that since Ms. Getu has no means to support herself and there is a chance that she might try to leave the country illegally as she entered pending procedures, it would not be appropriate to grant the accused bail at this stage.

Source: The Malta Independent
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