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Four foreigners arrested at airport with fake ID (Updated)

Three people from Iran, a man aged 44, a 31-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, were remanded on Thursday for six days after they were arrested on Wednesday while attempting to travel from Larnaca airport to other European destinations with fake stolen papers.

A 31-year-old man from Latvia was also remanded for four days in connection with the same case.

According to the police, the 44-year-old man and the 31-year-old woman from Iran arrived at the airport at around 5pm aiming to board a flight to Glasgow, the man presenting a Greek passport, the woman an Argentinian one. After police questioned the validity of their documents, the two admitted they arrived through the north and that they were supplied the documents they presented by a man who escorted them to the airport.

Police told court that they had received on Wednesday a tip from a ground handling services company at Larnaca airport that three people had made last minute bookings through a dubious website suspected of involvement in issuing fake documents.

The 44-year-old also had on him two identity cards, a Greek and a French one, a visa slip from the regime in the north, with arrival date July 16, through Tymbou (Ercan) airport, and a boarding pass for a flight to Athens.

The court also heard that a 17-year-old, also from Iran had also arrived at the same time at the airport and attempted to travel to Athens with a Czech Republic identity card. Authorities got suspicious after they realised the seat number on the teenager’s boarding card was the same as that of a 31-year-old Latvian man.

During a search in the 17-year-old’s luggage, police located a Spanish passport and a boarding card for a flight to Glasgow.

The three Iranians admitted they arrived on the island through the breakaway regime and that they arrived in Larnaca together. They claimed they were supplied the fake documents from the Latvian man, who denies any involvement in the case.


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