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Police officers to face trial over forged passports

Two Cypriot police sergeants, 54 and 47, as well as a Lebanese national, 39, will face trial before a criminal court on charges of issuing forged passports and residence permits, it emerged on Tuesday.
According to police investigators, the forgery ring defrauded over 100 Arab businessmen.

The Lebanese national and the 54-year-old former secret service officer were remanded for an additional three days, following two new reports against them.

Two foreign nationals claimed that they paid the officers €145,000 and €90,000 for passports.

Meanwhile, the 47-year-old immigration department police sergeant is already in remand until Friday.

In a statement to the police, the 39-year-old Lebanese man said he started working with the former secret service officer circa 2007 or 2008 for the issuance of residence permits, through his contacts in the immigration department.

He added that when he was introduced to the immigration officer, he was asked for two mobile phones from Lebanon, which the man procured as a gift, and paid the 47-year-old policeman bribes from €600 to €1,500 for each permit issued.

The sergeant appears to have been submitting forged state documents relating to the process of issuing a residence permit, as well as forged signatures and non-existent file numbers, resulting in applicants’ data being untraceable by the immigration department.

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