Cuban put on Bermuda stop list

  • Touching down: an Air Canada flight lands at LF Wade International Airport (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Touching down: an Air Canada flight lands at LF Wade International Airport (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A man who stayed in Bermuda for three days last week is to be put on the country’s stop list after his criminal links were exposed.

Ruben Yarzagaray arrived on the island from Canada — but when he flew back he was denied entry to the country on the grounds of “criminal activity”.

Mr Yarzagaray was returned to Bermuda where authorities also refused him access and sent him on to Britain for transfer to Cuba.

A government spokeswoman said yesterday that Mr Yarzagaray arrived on the island on July 9 on an Air Canada flight.

She added: “He was landed in the normal manner. He departed Bermuda en route to Canada on July 12, 2018 and upon his arrival, he was refused entry by the Canadian officials in relation to an application for a Canadian Electronic Travel Authorisation — he failed to report criminal activity.”

The spokeswoman said that before Mr Yarzagaray visited Bermuda he had travelled to Canada “without incident” on July 7 and stayed there for a day.

The spokeswoman added: “Of note is that on both of his arrivals — in Canada on July 7, 2018 and in Bermuda on July 9, 2018 — Mr Yarzagaray had nothing on his person which would have alerted airport officers to his criminal activity.”

She said that in line with “airline protocols”, Canadian officials deported Mr Yarzagaray back to Bermuda on July 13.

The spokeswoman added: “Bermuda Immigration officials refused him entry and immediately arranged for his departure on British Airways to London Gatwick and then on to Cuba.

“Mr Yarzagaray paid for the airline ticket.”

She said the Department of Immigration had confirmed Mr Yarzagaray took the BA flight.

The spokeswoman added: “Due to his criminal activity and his admittance of same to the Canadian officials, he will be placed on the Bermuda Stop List.”

The Bermudian authorities can consider the entry to Bermuda of anyone who does not have Bermudian status, is outside the country, and when it seems that they are “a person whose landing in Bermuda appears undesirable in view of information or advice received from any official or other trusted source” under the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956.

The Act adds that the relevant authorities “may cause that person’s name to be entered on a list (in this Act referred to as the ‘stop list’).

The law can also be used against anyone from overseas who commits an offence while on the island.

No further details were provided about Mr Yarzagaray’s “criminal activity”.

An Air Canada spokeswoman said the company was unable to provide any comment and referred inquiries to the Canada Border Services Agency.

The CBSA did not respond to a request for comment.

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Published Jul 17, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm)

Cuban put on Bermuda stop list

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