South Scotland

Dumfries Indian restaurant immigration case man fined

A Dumfries businessman has been fined £2,000 for an immigration offence at a restaurant in the town.

Syro Naqvi, 52, of Woodgrove Avenue, Dumfries, admitted employing a man who was not an EU citizen at the Indian Palms in 2011.

A court heard how the offence came to light when police and immigration officers visited the restaurant.

They found the man in work clothes and he was also seen on CCTV working and being paid.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard Naqvi had been in Britain since 1983 and had run a family business in Dumfries since 1999.

The worker involved had been granted a visa for premises in Lockerbie in 2005.

However, that had subsequently closed and he had no right to work in the Dumfries restaurant.

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