Man charged with illegally entering Canada off cruise ship

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A Portuguese man who reportedly tried to illegally enter Canada from a cruise ship in St. John's earlier this month is behind bars.

Jose Paulo Arruda Fernandes appeared in provincial court in St. John’s this morning.

He was in court with his lawyer Bob Simmonds.

Simmonds and Crown prosecutor Robin Fowler agreed to postpone the case until Oct. 2 until the Crown decides how it will proceed with the case. Fernandes agreed to go back to jail until then.

He faces four charges under Canada's  Immigration and Refugee Protection Act — using a Canadian passport to enter the country illegally, returning to Canada without authority after being deported, misleading officials and using a forged passport.

Fernandes had reportedly been on a cruise ship that pulled into St. John's Harbour on Sept. 8. Officials discovered he had recently been deported more than once.

Fowler opted not to give details to reporters.

Geographic location: Canada, St. John's

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