Malaysia arrests suspected Iranian passport forger

August 08, 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Police arrested Saturday (August 3rd) an Iranian described as an expert forger who allegedly supplied counterfeit passports to human traffickers and terrorists, including suspects in a failed bomb plot in Thailand, AFP reported.

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    The arrest of Seyed Ramin Miraziz Paknejad is a "big catch", according to Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, deputy head of a special Malaysian police taskforce on counterterrorism.

    "(Seyed Ramin) is a dangerous man. Driven by money, he facilitates terrorists, drug traffickers and human smugglers to travel with forged documents," Ayob Khan said Wednesday.

    Arrested in Kuala Lumpur, he may be extradited to Thailand, Ayob Khan added.

    Seyed Ramin allegedly provided forged passports to fellow Iranian nationals suspected in connection with explosions in Bangkok last year in what officials suspect was a botched attempt to kill Israeli diplomats.

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