Pakistani with fake British passports not a terrorist

11th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 11 (AFP) - A Pakistani man arrested with forged British passports at a Paris airport has no apparent link to any terrorist plot, French prosecutors said Thursday, adding that his case was now being handled as a standard criminal matter.

PARIS, Aug 11 (AFP) - A Pakistani man arrested with forged British passports at a Paris airport has no apparent link to any terrorist plot, French prosecutors said Thursday, adding that his case was now being handled as a standard criminal matter.

Mohammed Billal Youssaf, 23, a resident of Brescia in Italy, was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport on Sunday after arriving from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore and preparing to travel to London.

He had five false British passports and five bogus British driving licences on him, all of them filled out and containing photographs of different individuals.

The anti-terrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office initially took charge of the case as his motives and connections were investigated and he was questioned.

"In the current state of the investigations, there is no clear link with any terrorist enterprise," an official at the office said.

As a result, Youssaf's case was Thursday transmitted to the prosecutor's office in the northwestern Paris suburb of Bobigny, which has jurisdiction for criminal offences detected at Charles de Gaulle airport.

European security and intelligence services are on the look-out for suspicious individuals in airports, railway stations and subways following the deadly July 7 bombings in London which left 56 people dead.

Pakistanis are among those being scrutinised after it emerged that three of the four suspected London suicide bombers were British Muslims of Pakistani origin. The fourth suspect was a Muslim convert born in Jamaica.

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