MALACCA: Police believe they have smashed a syndicate falsifying international passports, foreign driving licences and stealing telephone wires with the arrest of seven foreigners in an operation here last month.
State police chief Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Christopher Wan said the seven three Indians, three Pakistanis and an Indonesian woman, all aged between 22 and 37 were arrested in the Malim and Cheng area here.
They were picked up from four houses and police seized from them 19 rubber stamps, some of which had the words District Police of Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir.
Also seized were 12 forged international passports of Singapore, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia and 369 forged driving licences issued by Pakistan.
Speaking at a press conference at Malacca Contingent Police Headquarters, SAC 1 Wan said police also seized telephone wires and bills, bearing the names of others, for a total of RM60,000.
The syndicate was believed to have operated an international telephone service through illegal use of telephone lines to serve foreign nationals in the state, he said.
It was also believed to have provided the service to foreigners in Kuala Lumpur and had links with other syndicates in Kuala Lumpur, he said.
He said the syndicate was believed to have operated for about three months and had been selling forged driving licence at RM500 a piece to enable foreigners especially Pakistan nationals to drive in Malaysia.
He said all seven were produced in court on Dec 12 and the three Indians and the Indonesian woman pleaded guilty while the three Pakistan nationals claimed trial.
On Saturdays incident when soldiers from Terendak Camp went on a rampage and attacked villagers at Kampung Bertam Ulu, SAC 1 Wan said the situation there was now under control.
Police recorded statements from three villagers and deployed two policemen to guard the village.
Three soldiers are in police custody to help in investigations into the fracas. Bernama
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