BANGKOK: A Chinese national detained by Thai immigration police on Wednesday morning has allegedly confessed to paying US$6,000 to purchase a forged Malaysian passport on the Internet.
The man was nabbed at 6.55am (local time) at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport during a check before he was scheduled to board a flight to Tokyo.
Immigration Police Division 2 Commander Maj Gen Thatchai Pitanaeelaboot said the immigration officer found something suspicious on the personal detail page of the suspect's passport and conducted further checks.
In a statement here, he said the officer found personal details of a Malaysian woman beneath those of the suspect's.
Upon further investigation, Thatchai said the suspect admitted he was a Chinese national and had entered Thailand in 2013 via the Maesai border in Chiangrai province, and did not have his own passport.
This was the second incident in recent weeks involving the arrest of foreign nationals trying to leave Thailand with forged Malaysian passports.
On May 14, Thai immigration officers at Chiangmai Airport nabbed a 22-year-old Sri Lankan man with a forged Malaysian passport before he could board a flight to Hong Kong and later Zurich.
Further investigation showed the forged passport belonged to a Malaysian woman. – Bernama
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