South Scotland

Dumfries Indian restaurant immigration charge admitted

A man has admitted facilitating a breach of immigration law involving a worker at an Indian restaurant.

Syro Naqvi, 52, of Dumfries, admitted employing a man while knowing or having reasonable cause to know he was not an EU citizen.

The offence took place at the India Palms on the town's Buccleuch Street between March and April 2011.

Sentence at Dumfries Sheriff Court was deferred for a month for background reports.

The court was told that the worker involved had been granted a visa for premises in Lockerbie in 2005.

However, those premises had closed two years later and the man had no right to work at the Dumfries restaurant.

The offence came to light in April 2011 when a search was being carried out at the restaurant and the man was found in work clothes.

He was also seen on CCTV working and being paid.

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