Cyprus Mail

Man remanded over fake passport

A 38-YEAR-OLD man was remanded for three days on Saturday in connection with circulating a forged document and counterfeiting.

According to a police report, shortly after 2:30am Friday the man arrived at Larnaca airport from Barcelona.

Passport control found that the passport he presented had been registered lost or stolen on June 22, 2016.

The man claimed to be a permanent resident of Spain and presented a European residence permit, issued by the Spanish authorities and valid until October 2024, and that he never reported his passport lost or stolen.

An Armenian passport under the same name, expired in June 2017, was found in the man’s possession.

He claimed this was the passport he had reported stolen, but it was later found and returned to him.

Police contacted Interpol Armenia with a request for more information on the lost passport case but did not receive a response at that time.

The man was allowed entry to the country on a temporary permit.

He had told police he planned on staying at an Ayia Napa hotel with his family.

On Friday morning, Interpol Armenia replied that the Armenian passport in question had been issued to a woman and reported lost or stolen in June 2017.

Interpol Madrid also notified the Cypriot authorities that the man’s Spanish residence permit had been cancelled in 2014. Shortly after 7pm Friday, Famagusta CID arrested the suspect in Ayia Napa.

The Larnaca district court ordered his remand for three days.


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