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Father's bid to visit son falls foul of the law

Albanian father, Turi Leka, was handed a suspended sentence after being found using a tampered residence permit in a bid to visit his son

Matthew Agius
14 November 2017, 11:17am
An Albanian father was handed a suspended sentence and will be returned to his country of origin, after airport officials found him to be using a tampered Romanian residence permit as he travelled to visit his son.

29-year-old Turi Leka was handed a one year prison sentence, suspended for three years after he pleaded guilty to using an altered residence permit, falsifying documents and making a false declaration to the authorities. 

Lawyer Noel Bartolo told magistrate Ian Farrugia that the man had been using the fake documents in a bid to visit his son.

The magistrate admonished Leka for his actions, which risked earning him a prison sentence and warned him of the implications of committing another offence in Malta during the operative period of the sentence.

Leka will be repatriated.

Police inspector Mario Haber prosecuted.

Court reporter Matthew Agius is a Legal Procurator and Commissioner for Oaths. Prior to re...