Fake Iran Passports Nabbed In Nadi

Known suspect, now in custody, believed to have been charged with similar offences in the past, as well as human trafficking
10 Sep 2021 11:12
Fake Iran Passports Nabbed In Nadi

Documents believed to be fake Iranian passports were seized in Nadi on Wednesday and a businessman from Nadera is in Police custody.

This follows a joint operation conducted by the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, and the Fiji Immigration Department.

The person in custody is believed to have been charged with similar offences in the past as well as human trafficking. he was not convicted.

Police are trying to determine if the destination of the passports was Fiji or were they bound for other countries to allow other people to travel.

The suspect had signed from a freight service warehouse in Nadi for a consignment containing forged documents, which included Iranian passports and documents.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the Fiji Police Force was committed to working with its Fijian law enforcement partners in tackling all forms of human trafficking.

“The success of this joint operation is testament to the dedication and determination Fijian law enforcement have in tackling human trafficking whether it be on the local, regional or international front,” he said.

Fijian Immigration Department director Amelia Komaisavai said yesterday’s successful operation by the multi-agency task force reaffirms the department’s commitment towards the greater border security of Fiji and the region in disrupting organized crime.

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity and the Department will continue working in partnership with the respective agencies in its efforts to combat such crimes,” she said.

Recently, Fiji had moved up in its ranking in the US Trafficking in persons reports from Tier 2 Watch list to Tier Two.

FRCS acting chief executive officer Jonetani Vu said working with other agencies at the border plays a pivotal role in the strategy of detection, disruption, and dismantling of organized crime.

“Sharing of information and coordination of joint operations is providing greater border security assurance to all Fijians and the region,” he said.

More information will be released upon the completion of the investigations.



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