Syndicate runner held, forged travel documents seized

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Sep 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested a man believed to be involved in a syndicate supplying forged travel documents to Bangladeshi and Indonesian illegals. Several forged passports and other travel documents were seized from the man. 

The 31-year-old Bangladeshi was arrested at a restaurant in Jalan Pudu at 9.20pm on Thursday. The police had been monitoring his movements for about two weeks. 

During a raid on the suspect’s house in Jalan San Peng at 11pm, it is learnt that seven Bangladeshi and two Indonesian passports were recovered.  

Police also seized 24 temporary work permits, nine visas, nine passport-sized photographs, three visit passes and a rubber stamp with the engraving 'First Secretary of Bangladesh High Commission'. 

Sources said that based on two money transfer receipts to Bangladesh totalling RM17,400, it is believed that the man has been operating for at least two years and is believed to be a syndicate runner. 

Initial investigations revealed that the suspect had been renting the house for at least two years and had previously worked at several construction sites. However, police have yet to confirm the authenticity of the suspect’s passport and work permit. 

Kuala Lumpur CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akbar Khan confirmed the arrest and seizure. 

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