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Swiss fined $6 000 for breaching quarantine


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Swiss fined $6 000 for breaching quarantine
Ismail Elbagli leaving court yesterday with his wife. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

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A Swiss national was fined $6 000 yesterday for breaching COVID-19 quarantine, but his attorney Lalu Hanuman is questioning whether the Ministry of Health and Wellness or Infinity Hotel was complicit in allowing the breach to occur.

Ismail Elbagli, 30, of “Wood Chime”, 4th Avenue Amity Lodge, Christ Church, admitted contravening Paragraph 14 of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) Curfew (No.4) Directive 2020, and that there being a directive requiring every person to observe such social distancing and associated protocols in the interest of public health imposed in Barbados from October 29, 2020 to March 27, 2021, being a person in quarantine at the Infinity Hotel, he did leave the said premises without reasonable explanation on December 23.

Elbagli, who does not speak English, initially told the District “A” Magistrates’ Court through interpreter Donna Wiltshire that he was innocent, but changed his plea after prosecutor Station Sergeant Crishna Graham informed Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes that Elbagli was due to leave the island tomorrow night. (RA)

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