Two foreign nationals were arrested at Larnaca airport early on Wednesday in connection with the possession of forged or stolen passports.
At 2.45am on Wednesday an applicant for political asylum from Lebanon was on his way to board a flight to Warsaw with the final destination of Hamburg when the Danish passport he presented at immigration control raised suspicions.
The Lebanese man admitted that the passport did not belong to him and was in someone else’s name. He said he bought it in Larnaca from a stranger to whom he paid €1,000.
The fake passport of an alien refugee living in the British bases of Dhekelia which was also seized on Wednesday morning was more expensive. The refugee was on his way to Basel, Switzerland when he was caught with a German passport. When questioned he confessed to buying the document from a Turkish Cypriot in the north of Nicosia for €3,000.
Examinations by INTERPOL revealed that the passport had been reported as lost or stolen.
The two men were detained for forgery, impersonation and the circulation of forged documents. They are due in court on Wednesday.