Fake Portuguese passports seized in Thailand

A BOSNIAN citizen was found in possession of more than 60 false documents in Bangkok, Thailand, recently.

The 42-year-old man, Mohammed Mehdaoui, suspected of being involved in a network of documentation fraud, was arrested by Thai authorities, who confiscated 30 fake Portuguese passports, 30 illegal Spanish passports, various Belgian documents (passports and identity cards) and bankcards for numerous countries.

Police discovered that the man belonged to an international network based in London, selling false documents for anything between 1,000 and 4,500 euros each. The Ministry of Foreign Business, which will attend the case at the Portuguese Embassy in Bangkok, confirmed the arrest, but denied that Mehdaoui had materials to manufacture other official Portuguese documents in his possession.

Authorities admitted that the documents found were going to illegal immigrants, connected to Islamic terrorist organisations.

This is not the first apprehension of Portuguese passports in Bangkok, a city internationally renown as a major producer of false documents, especially for EU cities.