Nicosia District Court Sunday remanded in custody 12 illegal immigrants and a Greek Cypriot suspected of bringing them into the Republic.
According to the police, the Greek Cypriot man and 10 of the illegal immigrants were remanded for five days and the remaining two for two days.
The 13 were arrested on Saturday as part of an operation that saw officers pull over a car near the Green Line at 5pm on Saturday.
Driven by a 28-year-old Greek Cypriot from a Nicosia village, the car was carrying five other people who the police determined to be non-Cypriot and in the county illegally.
The police then travelled to the destination the man had been travelling towards and found another two cars carrying three foreign nationals who were also taken into custody.
Learning of the imminent arrival of another group of illegal immigrants via Lymbia, the police found another five non-Cypriots who had entered Cyprus illegally and arrested them.
According to the police, a 22 year-old woman in the advanced stages of pregnancy and four children were not taken into custody. They are in the care of the welfare services pending the police investigations.
ant and four children were not taken into custody. The children have been placed at an orphanage pending the police investigations.