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Terminal 2, Dublin Airport

Terminal 2, Dublin Airport

Terminal 2, Dublin Airport

A FRENCH-Algerian man who was arrested at Dublin Airport as he allegedly travelled into the country on a false passport has been refused bail.

Brahim Daham (34) is alleged to have been in possession of the document yesterday morning.

Judge Bryan Smyth denied him bail and remanded him in custody after gardai said they needed time to verify his identity.

The accused, with an address at South Circular Road, Dublin, is charged with using a false French passport while at Dublin Airport.

The charge is under Section 26 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The prosecuting garda said he arrested the defendant at 9.05am yesterday and brought him to Ballymun station where he made no reply to the charge after caution.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Joseph McNally said the accused had an address in Ireland and had been living here since 2010.

He had aborted his Algerian nationality when he applied for refugee status in London.

Daham had planned to marry his Irish partner of over a year but there had been difficulties because of his status, Mr McNally said. He has no family here.

Identity

The prosecuting garda said he needed to conduct further enquiries about the accused's identity with the French embassy.

"Initial enquiries had begun but I am awaiting further instructions from them in relation to the passport he was travelling on," he said.

Judge Smyth said the charge before the court was a "serious matter" and remanded the defendant in custody until January 20.

He granted free legal aid after a statement of the defendant's financial means was handed into court.

Mr Daham, wearing a blue hooded top and blue jeans, did not address the court during the hearing.

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