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Ercan passenger refused entry to Istanbul

20 May 2013

An African woman, Saandia Maskati entered the TRNC from South Cyprus on May 18th.

From there she went to Ercan airport and boarded a flight to Istanbul.

However at Istanbul airport, officials noticed that she was using a false passport and denied her entry. She was returned to the TRNC that same evening.

She was in Nicosia court yesterday charged with impersonation and using false papers.

Her actual name is not yet known but she was ordered to be held for two days while police establish her identity and continue their investigations.

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