• Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Travel Insurance

Judge orders hearing for detained Syrians in Honduras

November 30, 2015

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – A judge Sunday ordered a hearing for five Syrians in Honduras who made it here after a five-country odyssey, as a slice of the refugee crisis unfolds in far-flung Central America.

Honduras say the men were arrested on Nov. 17 with stolen Greek passports, and their original stated destination was the United States. After leaving Syria, they made stops in Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica.

Their ages range from 21 to 30, and one says he is a university professor, while the rest assert they are students.

See: Syrian migrants braving Central American smuggling routes

Officials with the immigration department questioned the migrants and concluded that they are, in fact, fleeing from their country’s war and are not Islamist extremists.

Tuesday’s hearing with prosecutors and defense attorneys will determine whether the men should be released, and if so, what their status will be, said Interior Ministry spokesman Yuri Mora.

The men are now being held in a prison in El Porvenir, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Human rights groups offering legal assistance to the migrants say they have asked for asylum. They originally said they wanted to make it to the United States overland.

The men were detained at the capital’s airport after security was tightened in the wake of the Paris terror attacks of Nov. 13. Honduras is a major conduit for Africans and people of other countries trying to make their way to the United States. This year, 12,600 foreigners were caught entering Honduras illegally, almost all of them with the aim of getting to the United States.

You may be interested

Slothy Saturday: Happy Mother’s Day from this momma sloth
Sloth Sundays
1329 views
Sloth Sundays
1329 views

Slothy Saturday: Happy Mother’s Day from this momma sloth

The Tico Times - August 15, 2020

While we here at The Tico Times usually publish sloth photos on Sundays, today we're celebrating a day early. Janet…

Costa Rica celebrates Mother’s Day
Mother's Day
1178 views
Mother's Day
1178 views

Costa Rica celebrates Mother’s Day

The Tico Times - August 15, 2020

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at The Tico Times! Día de la Madre is a national holiday and…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, August 14
Coronavirus
21942 views
Coronavirus
21942 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Friday, August 14

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 14, 2020

Costa Rica announced nine new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day for a total of 281, according to official data…