NONG KHAI – Pol.Col. Pallop Suriyakul na Aytthaya, Commander of Immigration Police in Nong Khai Province. has reported that 29 Year old Iranian National Alireza Motevalli was arrested at the Thai-Laotian border today for allegedly attempting to cross into Thailand with a fake passport.
According to the Khaosod News, Alireza Motevalli, arrived at the border check point this morning with what appeared to be a British passport, however, when an immigration police officer entered the passport number into the computer, it was revealed to belong to a British woman who reported losing her passport in Bangkok last September, said Pol.Col. Pallop.
Police then searched Motevalli’s bag and found his Iranian passport.
According to Pol.Col. Pallop, Motevalli confessed to entering Thailand last month on a tourist visa and hiring someone to procure a fake passport for him.
Pol.Col. Pallop said Motevalli is being held at Nong Khai Police Station while officers investigate whether he is involved in any other illegal activities.
Meanwhile, Four Indian nationals were arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday while trying to board a flight to Sydney with forged Australian entry visas.
They were apprehended while waiting to check in for Qantas Airways flight QF024 bound for Sydney, scheduled to depart at 6.25pm, and their arrest disclosed by police on Monday.
Police patrolling the departure terminal said the group was acting suspiciously near a Qantas check-in counter, so they asked to search them. An examination of their documents found their Australian visa stamps weren’t legitimate.
The suspects confessed that they bought the forged visas from an unidentified Thai man for US$7,000 (about 230,000 baht) each. Police have charged them with using false documents and are attempting to track down the forged-visa supplier.