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Non parlo italiano: Iranian busted for using fake Italian passport
Central News Agency
2013-12-25 09:44 PM
Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) An Iranian man holding a forged Italian passport was turned away from Taiwan's major national gateway Wednesday when inspectors found he could not speak even basic Italian. A National Immigration Agency official at Taoyuan International Airport saw through the ruse when he tried to start a chat in Italian only to find the man, identified only as "Ramezani," did not even know basic greetings in the language. Officials would not disclose more details about Ramezani's identity, but said that he had confessed to leaving his homeland and using fake papers to escape social unrest. According to the agency's account of Ramezani's confession, he first bought a counterfeit Italian passport near Iran's border with Turkey from a Russian dealer for US$8,000. Apparently disguised as a backpacker, he flew to Bangkok in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia before landing in Taiwan. Left with only US$600 in cash, he reportedly said he planned to work in Taiwan until he had enough money for a flight to Italy, where he would seek political asylum. He was deported following questioning. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth Hsu)
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