Spaniard arrested 'with 100 fake EU passports'
17 February 2005, BANGKOK- Thai police have arrested a Spaniard and a Dutchman suspected of forging 110 European passports to be smuggled out of the country, authorities said.
17 February 2005
BANGKOK- Thai police have arrested a Spaniard and a Dutchman suspected of forging 110 European passports to be smuggled out of the country, authorities said.
The pair, identified as Dutch national Thomas Marinus Diependaal, 45, and Spaniard Miguel Antonio Grazon Megias, 33, were held after a sting operation in Bangkok Wednesday and charged with producing and using fake official documents.
Police said they learned that the two suspects were to deliver fake passports at a city department store to an informant, who had been told to smuggle them to Britain.
Authorities found 40 Belgian, 30 French and 40 Portuguese passports, all forged, in the men's belongings, police said at a briefing. The two denied the charges.
The European Union has accused Thailand of being a hub for the forgery of official documents, which facilitates human trafficking around the globe.
Thai authorities have countered by saying the trade was controlled by foreigners.
Last month Thai police arrested a Bangladeshi man in Bangkok accused of providing a fake passport to top Asian terror suspect Hambali, who was captured in Thailand in August 2003.
Last February a Frenchman and a German were arrested at Bangkok's international airport for attempting to smuggle out of the country more than 400 fake European passports and visa seals.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news