POLICE have ordered the immediate extradition of nine of the 13 immigrants who snuck into Mallorca via the Llucmajor coastline on New Year’s Day. A huge manhunt got underway following the discovery of their boat and all were rounded up by the following afternoon.
Helicopters were dispatched and the operation is still open as it remains unclear exactly how many people landed. Just three such vessels arrived in Llucmajor in 2016, but many more are expected this year.
Since then 10 have gone through the justice system and found guilty of breaching immigration laws. A further three are minors who will receive special treatment, while doctors are performing tests on one detainee to determine his age.
All 13 are Algerian nationals and one was hospitalised with hypothermia after landing. The nine facing extradition have been escorted to an immigrant detention centre in Barcelona where they will be kept for up to 60 days before being sent home.
The centres have a history of violence and rioting and see some unfortunate migrants thrown indiscriminately in cells with hardened criminals.