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2021.07.27 14:52

Lithuanian police given right to take migrants into custody

BNS2021.07.27 14:52

Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė has signed an order giving police the right to take irregular migrants into custody.

The document, signed by the minister on Monday, allows police to remand migrants in custody for up to 48 hours for committing detainable offenses in their places of accommodation.

It also allows remanding irregular migrants in police custody at the State Border Guard Service's request for up to 15 days.

Police spokesman Ramunas Matonis told BNS on Tuesday that no migrants have been taken into police custody so far.

Lithuania has been facing an unprecedented influx of irregular migrants in recent months. This year so far, over 2,800 people have been detained after crossing into the country from Belarus.

Vilnius officials say that Minsk is responsible for facilitating the crossings, calling it “hybrid aggression” against the country.

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