An Thai immigration officer displays fake passports in his hand as he speaks to journalists during a press conference in Bangkok on January 19, 2018. / AFP / Roberto SCHMIDT
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A Pakistani passport forger whose fakes may have been sold to Daesh (ISIS) operatives has been arrested in Thailand, police said Friday, ending a career that helped people slip into Europe illegally.Mohammad Iqbal, 52, was arrested on January 14 in a Bangkok suburb in possession of Singaporean and Indian fake passports as well as plates and laminates to forge entry visas to France, Italy and Spain. Earlier this week defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan linked Iqbal to a group selling passports to the Islamic State, also known as Daesh.A typical fake passport would sell for only a few hundred dollars, according to the immigration bureau.Two Iranians travelling on European passports bought and modified in Thailand were on board the ill-fated flight.
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