Passport Forgery: 19 Including Two Immigration Officers Detained

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KUALA LUMPUR – Police have crippled a syndicate involved in producing forged Malaysian passports with the arrest of 19 individuals, including two Immigration Department officers last Friday.

These individuals comprise 10 Sri Lankan nationals, six locals, and three Indian nationals.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police investigations found that the syndicate had tried to smuggle the Sri Lankan nationals into Geneva, Switzerland, for a fee of RM60,000 per person.

“Those detained are two immigration officers, five migrants, seven agents, three facilitators, and two individuals who function as runners,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Khalid said the modus operandi used by the syndicate was to buy genuine Malaysian passports at a price of RM1,000 to RM2,500 each.

“They would look for a local passport holder who looked the same or almost similar to a Sri Lankan migrant before it is forged,” he said, adding that the syndicate would then prepare an easy passage with the help of the immigration officers on duty at the Immigration counter at the KL International Airport.

Further investigations into the case are being done.

— BERNAMA