A Pakistani national was arrested in Thailand earlier this week for allegedly producing counterfeit passports which he then sold to members of the Islamic State to be used to gain entry to Europe.
Officers said they arrested Mohammad Iqbal, 52, last Sunday (January 14) in Bangkok where he was found in possession of forged Singaporean and Indian passports as well as plates and other items needed to produce fake entry visas for France, Italy and Spain.
Head of the Immigration Bureau police, Ltd. Gen. Suttipong Vongpint told reporters in Bangkok that Iqbal had been carrying out his illegal activities in Thailand for a long time using Bangkok as his base of operations.
Officers believe that he had been operating in the kingdom for over 10 years prior to his arrest and have since charged him with falsifying passports, visas, and selling and distributing fake passports.
It was announced earlier this week by the Defence Minister that officials believe Iqbal has links to the Islamic State selling forged documents to members of the radical organisation often referred to as ISIS.
This link was later downplayed at a press conference held yesterday instead officials said he would sell his illegal wares to all clients.
Suttipong said at the press conference “based on our findings, he will sell to every group, not just ISIS in particular.”
Immigration officers said that his passports were being sold for a couple of hundred dollars a passport.
Source : Coconuts
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