Lithuanian border guards have detained a Belarusian citizen trying to take three Russian asylum seekers across the border into Poland.
The Russians were trying to leave Lithuania without waiting for the decision about their asylum application, the State Border Guard Service said on Tuesday.
The border guards in the southern Lazdijai District stopped a car with Polish registration plates on the road to Sejny, Poland, last Thursday. The driver was a Belarusian citizen, 24, who had a permit to reside in Poland.
During the inspection, the three passengers in the car, all Russian citizens aged 32, 59 and 64, presented certificates issued by the Foreigners Registration Centre based in Pabradė.
The two women and one man had asked for temporary asylum in Lithuania. The rules permit them to leave the Foreigners Registration Centre's premises for 24 hours and move only within the territory of Lithuania.
A pre-trial investigation into illegal cross-border transportation of people has been launched against the Belarusian citizen. He is facing a fine, arrest or a prison term of up to six years.
The Belarusian was initially detained and later a court sanctioned his arrest for two months.
The three Russian citizens were brought back to the Foreigners Registration Centre in Pabradė.