November 30, 2016
An Iranian couple who were remanded on Tuesday in Larnaca for three days in connection with having forged German visas in their passports asked the court if they would be able to see each other in detention.
Mohammed Bashi, 34, and Soharabi Tayebeh, 31, were arrested on Monday on suspicion of circulating false documents and illegal entry into Cyprus.
Investigating officer Panayiotis Theodosiou told the court that on Monday afternoon the couple presented themselves at passport control in the departures area of Larnaca airport to catch a flight to Vienna.
Immigration police found the couple had no entry stamps to Cyprus, having arrived in the occupied areas from Turkey on November 21.
Their passports however, did have German residence permits with expiry dates of September 10, 2018, which on further investigations made through Interpol turned out to have been reported stolen when blank.
The pair told police they had bought the visas for €1,500 each in Turkey, but had not been told they were fake.
“We are newlyweds. Will we be able to see each other in detention?” the pair asked the court.
“Will they?” asked the judge, to which the public prosecutor replied “The law does not allow for it, your honour…”
“When they have given their statements,” the police investigator said “we will arrange for them to see each other in detention.”
The couple were led from the court, Bashi calm and collected to Aradippou holding cells, and Sohrabi, who had not stopped crying throughout the proceeding, to Kofinou.
Before parting the couple are reported to have shared a tight hug and a passionate kiss.