France: Migrants' tribunal at Roissy airport controversial

14 October, 14:59

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, OCTOBER 14 - Illegal migrants arriving at the Roissy airport in Paris will be judged there under a new measure which became effective on Monday. The first tribunal for migrants came into force Monday close to the area where foreigners about to be expelled are detained.

    The court is a branch of the tribunal of Meaux which is about 30 km from the airport. The small court should hold some 3,000 hearings a year with the first taking place today. A unit of the Bobigny court should open later this year.

    The decision to open special tribunals for migrants close to Roissy's runways has been criticized in France. A number of associations including the human rights league and the union representing the country's magistrates have criticized an 'abnormal justice' as migrants 'will only by judged under the eyes of police officials'.

    According to data recently published by the French press, over 29,000 foreigners were detained in migrants holding centers in 2011. The same year police stopped about 12,000 people at the border. (ANSAmed)
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