Argentina's Security Minister Patricia Bullrich.
(photo credit: REUTERS/AGUSTIN MARCARIAN)
The Argentinian Security Minister Patricia Bullrich disclosed on Monday more details on the two Iranian citizens who entered the country with fraudulent Israeli passports earlier in March.
Sajjad Samiel Naseran, 27, and Mashoreh Sabzali, 30, entered through the Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires on March 12. In their passports, they were named Netanel and Rivka Toledano. They had in their possession four fake passports, two of which they used to leave Spain on an Air Europa flight and the other two they used to enter Argentina.
Although they were allowed to enter the country, the Argentinian authorities gave notice of an irregularity in the papers and the two were followed closely. These Iranian citizens were arrested in a hotel in the capital, after the confirmation by Interpol that these documents had been stolen from Israelis.
The man and woman are still in custody and federal judge Luis Rodríguez, who is in charge of the case, tried them with preventive detention. Bullrich spoke with Radio Con Vos and gave more details about the state of this case.
“The subject is under investigation. Although the prosecution deals with their entry using fake passports, these people have had frequent use of these passports in the past and have a prior case in Portugal also for the use of fake passports. They had used other passports in other countries as well,” Bullrich said.
In turn, the minister raised the doubts that exist about the arrival of these individuals to the country: “The issue is that beyond the infraction committed in Argentina, the big question that is unanswered is what they came to do in country, what was the motive to come to Argenti-na?”
“The two Iranians told the investigators that they wanted to go into exile, yet they had been in countries like Portugal and Spain and there is no record that they had requested asylum, which does not answer the question as to what they came here for.”
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