British man with Covid-19 faces eight years in Polish prison after he ‘tried to leave the country with a falsified test certificate’
- The 39-year-old man was detained by border guards who tried to fly to Nottingham
- Officials found he falsified test result at passport control in Poland
- He had changed his positive test result in a desperate attempt to return home
- He was fined £100 and faces between six months and eight years in a Polish prison
A British man infected with the coronavirus has spent eight years behind bars after trying to leave Poland with a falsified test certificate.
The 39-year-old was detained by border guards at Lodz airport while trying to board a flight to Nottingham with a tampered-up certificate on which he had changed his positive status to negative.
The man, who has not been named for legal reasons, has been charged with creating an epidemiological threat, spreading a contagious disease and falsifying a document.
A British man (pictured at Lodz airport) infected with the coronavirus faces eight years in prison after he was caught with a manipulated statement changing his Covid test result from positive to negative
A Border Guard spokesman said: ‘The 39-year-old British man flew to Poland three days earlier with certificates of vaccination against COVID-19.
“Under the sanitary procedure, such a document exempts the traveler from mandatory quarantine in our country, but on return to the UK the traveler must have an up-to-date COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before arrival.
‘The result of the test was positive.’
The 39-year-old man was arrested when he tried to board a flight from Lodz Airport to Nottingham with the falsified Covid-19 test certificate. He now faces between six months and eight years in prison in Poland
The spokesman added: ‘As he said, driven by the will to return home soon, he decided to change the test print, turning the positive result into negative, allowing him to board the plane to the East Midlands.
“During passport control, the man appeared to be in the system as a person in home isolation until the end of the week.”
They added that by attempting to board the man, the man posed a health threat to more than 200 people, including passengers and airport staff.
He was also fined £100.
If found guilty, he faces six months to eight years in prison.