PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department busted an international passport forgery syndicate with the arrests of four Sri Lanka nationals in two separate incidents.
In the first arrests, two Amsterdam-bound suspects, who were detained on Sunday at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in an operation codenamed Ops Ikrar, were believed to have used fake Malaysian passports to enter the country.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi said the suspects were picked up after undisclosed period of intelligence and surveillance done by enforcement officers.
“During an inspection at the airport’s satellite building, the two men were found in the possession of the fake travel documents.
“They were scheduled to leave for Amsterdam, Netherlands, via KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
“Both of them presented their Malaysian passports, which were believed to be fake,” he said.
Sakib said the suspects were arrested for overstaying in the country on their Sri Lankan passports and possessing fake travel documents.
“They are being investigated for unlawful possession of passports belonging to others,” he said.
He added that the arrests led to another two Sri Lanka nationals, who were believed to be the syndicate’s agents, being detained on level 5 of the airport.
“They were picked up under the suspicion of not possessing valid documents. They are also investigated for working with the syndicate,” he said.The arrests, Sakib said, would help in tracking down the mastermind behind the syndicate.
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