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03 December 2010 :: 16:12:12 pm 47116

Dsi Arrest 3 Members Of International Passport Counterfeit Gang

In Nongkhai the DSI have arrested 2 Pakistani men and one Thai woman who are believed to be members of an international passport counterfeiting network.
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Bangkok, 2 December 2010 (PDN): The DSI Director General, Mr. Tharit Phengdit, together with the Royal Thai Police, the Customs Department and the Spanish Police Attaché, announced the arrest in Nongkhai of 3 members of an international counterfeit gang. All three have confessed to their crimes and the DSI applied for their detention at a court hearing at 11:00 am on the 2nd December.

The 2 Pakistani men and 1 Thai woman are suspected of belonging to a network based in Spain and using Thailand as a source of fake passports. The original passports would be stolen from tourists in Spain and sent to the gang in Thailand in order to produce fake documents for customers wishing to travel to a 3rd country.

It is believed the gang was responsible for providing fake passports to the terrorists involved in the bombings in Madrid and Mumbai. It is also suspected that the fake passports have been used for human trafficking, illegal weapon sales, credit card fraud, and smuggling. The price for each passport started at 50,000 baht, depending on the destination country.

The 3 suspects, . Muhammad Athar Butt [39] and Mr. Zeeshan Ehsan Butt [27] from Pakistan, and Miss Sirikanlaya Kitbamrung [25] from Thailand, were apprehended in Nongkhai while they were about to escape to another country.

In addition, Spanish police had arrested 6 Pakistanis and 1 Nigerian who are also suspected of belonging to the network and in Belgium, police had arrested 2 Middle Eastern suspects who could also lead to further arrests in France.

In co-operation with the Police Department, the Immigration Office, Police Bureau Central Investigation, and the Institute of Forensic Science, the DSI had searched the three suspects’ residence in the Ratburana area on 1st December where they discovered a great deal of evidence including travel and date stamps, a black light machine, passports, many passport pages, photographs of foreign men, British driving licenses, and British driving license application forms.

The police are aware of four more gangs operating in Thailand involved in similar activities and investigations are continuing.

Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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