Two Turkish citizens who fled Turkey to avoid prosecution over trump-up terror charges, were sentenced to 6 months in prison  by a court in Malta on Wednesday over use of forged travel documents, the Malta Times news portal reported.

They were reportedly caught by the Malta authorities while on a connecting flight to Belgium.

The two women, Rabia Yavuz, 27 and Muzekka Deneri, 29, told during a trial that they initially fled Turkey to Greece via unofficial means and stayed there for over 11 months at a refugee camp.

“However, we were delayed through complicated bureaucratic paperwork for 11 months. We eventually came to understand that it was impossible to seek refugee in Greece and thus decided to move to another country. However, my family is completely broke as I’m in prison in Malta, my wife is in Greece and my 4-year-old kid is placed at a children protection institution,” one of the woman told the media.

The purge-victim women’s children were taken into a temporary protection by the Malta authorities.