On Friday, August 26, 2005, Bali's Airport Police, acting on a tip from Jakarta, apprehended an Iranian man as he was waiting to board a Garuda Indonesia flight to New Zealand using a falsified French passport. Transiting the Bali airport off a domestic flight from Jakarta, the Iranian was taken into custody with his two people who had brought him to the airport, an Indonesian woman and an Iranian who claimed to be working as a translator for the INHCR.
Following interrogation and based on information obtained by the Police, another Iranian man was arrested in Jakarta on Sunday, August 28, 2005.
According to local press reports, the fake passport ring traces back to a syndicate in Bangkok where the arrested Iranian obtained the illegal passport for between US$800 and US$1000, before traveling overland to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and taking a ferry to Batam.
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