A Turkish mainlander who has been remanded in custody since his arrest on December 17 for attempting to facilitate the illegal entry of an Iranian national into the Sovereign Base Areas, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison on Monday after being found guilty in Dhekelia’s SBA Court.
The man, Melik Gulvedi, who lives in Famagusta, was arrested by SBA Police officers after attempting to cross the boundary on foot with an illegal immigrant close to the official Black Knight crossing point in Ayios Nikolaos.
During a police operation in the area, officers apprehended the two men who had hoped to avoid being processed officially by customs officials.

The owner of an illegal casino raided in Ypsonas on Wednesday morning and his receptionist are scheduled to appear in the SBA Court in Episkopi on February 21 after they were bailed on a combined total of €13,000 today.
The man, whose bail was set at €10,000, was charged with operating an illegal casino after police swooped on the premises at 8.30am and discovered the business operating inside.
His receptionist was charged with working in an illegal casino and for obstruction, after she was discovered attempting to shut-down the computers as the police closed in.
During the raid, officers at the scene confirmed approximately 70 computers used for gambling and €2,000 in cash was also seized.

A Palestinian national was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday after he was found guilty of two counts of attempting to the facilitate the illegal entry of two men at the Pergamos boundary on January 31.
The man, Mohammed Aljaro, who lives in Paphos, was attempting to cross over the SBA Customs-manned crossing point at 1am in the morning when he was stopped as part of the officers routine checks.
During that time, Customs officials noticed two men attempting to cross over on foot on the opposite side of the road, without going through the correct process.
According to Customs officials, the two men were immediately stopped and questioned about why they had attempted to cross without going through legal procedures.