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2021.09.07 09:25

Lithuania to deport one migrant, alleging terrorist links

BNS2021.09.07 09:25

Lithuania’s institutions have decided to deport one irregular migrant, saying the person poses threats to national security.

“We’ve received information that the person concerned may pose a threat to national security and public order. Therefore decisions have been made to deport him from Lithuania and impose an entry ban for that individual,” Evelina Gudzinskaitė, director of the Lithuanian Migration Department, told BNS on Monday.

She refused to disclose any more details.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian Deputy Interior Minister Arnoldas Abramavičius told the TV3 news programme that the migrant “possibly” had links with terrorist organisations.

According to the official, the person is still in Lithuania, but the country's authorities are working with Iraq to have them returned to the country of origin.

“As far as this person is concerned, it is a matter of time [when they will leave Lithuania],” Abramavičius added.

Over 4,100 migrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus so far this year, compared to just 81 in all of 2020.

Vilnius has accused the Minsk regime of orchestrating migrant smuggling, calling it “hybrid aggression”.

Lithuania has declared a state-level extreme situation and is building a physical barrier along its border with Belarus.

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