Malaysia arrests alleged Iranian forger connected to 2012 Bangkok explosions

August 8, 2013 04:08


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Malaysian authorities arrested an Iranian man on Wednesday suspected of providing forged passports to Iranians, who are believed to be behind a series of explosions in a Bangkok residential area in February 2012.

The English-language Thailand newspaper The Nation reported on Wednesday that the Iranian national, Syed Ramin Miraziz Paknejad, furnished “forged documents to bombers involved in a series of explosions in Thailand is in Malaysian custody.”

According to the paper, Syed Ramin Miraziz Paknejad was arrested with his wife on the weekend. Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay, the deputy chief of Malaysia’s Task Force on Counter Terrorism, announced the arrest.

He said Paknejad is suspected of organizing South-East Asia’s largest human trafficking and passport counterfeiting operation.

“He facilitated the trafficking of most of the Iranians who wanted to flee to countries like Australia and he is also wanted by the Thais,” said Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay.

The Malaysian authorities plan to prosecute Paknejad for immigration violations for possessing a doctored passport.

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