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Published: Tuesday March 11, 2014 MYT 3:46:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday March 11, 2014 MYT 10:55:42 PM

Missing MH370: One of the impostors identified as an Iranian teen

SEPANG: One of the impostors who boarded the MH370 flight has been identified as an Iranian, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Tuesday. 

He said the 19-year-old man was Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. 

"We believe his intended destination was Frankfurt, Germany. 

"So far, we believe he is not likely to be a terrorist," Khalid said at a press conference at the Sama Sama Hotel near KLIA. 

He added that Pouria Nour used the passport of Austrian Christian Kozel who had reported it missing in Phuket, Thailand.  

Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad (left) and the second suspect who has yet to be identified.
 

Khalid said the man was believed to be migrating to Germany.

"When he did not arrive there, his mother contacted the authorities. She was aware he was using a stolen passport," he said.

He added that police were still investigating the identity of the second suspect.

Immigration Department director-general Aloyah Mamat said both the impostors had come into Malaysia on Feb 28 and were issued social visit passes for 90 days.

She said in both cases, the passport bearers matched the image on the biodata page.

She added that the standard operating procedure was followed by the respective officers in conducting the immigration clearance.  

 

 

 

SEPANG: One of the impostors who boarded the MH370 has been identified as an Iranian
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the 19-year-old man as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad.
"We believe his intended destination is Frankfurt, Germany.
"So far, we believe he is not likely to be a terrorist," he told a press conference on Wednesday. 
Khalid said police's intelligence did not indicate that that the man was a terrorist.
"He was migrating to Germany.
"When he did not arrive there, his mother contacted thw authorities. She was aware he was using a stolen passport," he said.
He added police were still investigating the identity of the second suspect.
Khalid also debunked the theory that five passengers did not board MH370.
"We already checked the flight manifest and everyone who booked tickets were on board.
"There one Malaysian girl who cancelled her booking as she mixed up the dates," he said. 
On allegations that the authorities did not cross - checked with Interpol's stolen passport database, Khalid said the database listed more thab 40 million stolen passports.
"For that, we had to use prior intelligence to red-flag problematic passengers," he said.
SEPANG: One of the impostors who boarded the MH370 has been identified as an Iranian
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the 19-year-old man as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad.
"We believe his intended destination is Frankfurt, Germany.
"So far, we believe he is not likely to be a terrorist," he told a press conference on Wednesday. 
Khalid said police's intelligence did not indicate that that the man was a terrorist.
"He was migrating to Germany.
"When he did not arrive there, his mother contacted thw authorities. She was aware he was using a stolen passport," he said.
He added police were still investigating the identity of the second suspect.
Khalid also debunked the theory that five passengers did not board MH370.
"We already checked the flight manifest and everyone who booked tickets were on board.
"There one Malaysian girl who cancelled her booking as she mixed up the dates," he said. 
On allegations that the authorities did not cross - checked with Interpol's stolen passport database, Khalid said the database listed more thab 40 million stolen passports.
"For that, we had to use prior intelligence to red-flag problematic passengers," he said.

Tags / Keywords: missing MH370, missing MAS flight, Beijing, Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, Iran

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