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    Honduras Court Releases 5 Syrians Detained For Using Fake Greek Passports

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    According to a court spokeswoman, Honduras court has released five Syrians, who had been detained since November 18 after being arrested with counterfeit Greek passports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) A Honduras court has released five Syrians, who had been detained since November 18 after being arrested with counterfeit Greek passports, a court spokeswoman said.

    According to media reports, the men were trying to reach the United States.

    The men "were freed having paid a bail of 10,000 lempiras ($450) each… The Syrians have been released after signing an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office, accepting a crime of forgery of documents," Barbara Castle said Tuesday, as quoted by the Univision television network.

    The Syrians will remain in Honduras for 90 days while the authorities are considering their applications for permanent asylum.

    Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011. The internal conflict is responsible for the largest refugee population in the world, with more than 4 million refugees having fled Syria to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, according to UN data. Hundreds of thousands have also travelled to Europe in a bid to receive asylum there.

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