Man jailed for trying to board plane in Gibraltar with forged passport

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon and he was detained and questioned by Special Branch

Debbie Bartlett
DEBBIE BARTLETT

A Syrian man who tried to board a flight from Gibraltar using a forged passport will have to spend four weeks in jail before being deported. The fake document was spotted on Sunday afternoon as he tried to enter the airport departure lounge. The Borders and Coastguard Agency immediately called the police and he was detained and questioned by Special Branch.

The 34-year-old, who has been named as Mohammed Noud Jawish, pleaded guilty in court this morning to both counts of being a non-Gibraltarian found in Gibraltar without a valid permit or certificate and knowingly using a forged or irregular passport.

For the former offence, the court granted a detention and removal order so he will be deported after serving his sentence at HM Prison Windmill Hill.