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Iranian extradited for passport forgery arrives in Thailand

BANGKOK: A 45-year-old Iranian man who jumped bail in Pattaya several years ago in a large-scale passport forgery case and fled into hiding in Malaysia has already arrived in Thailand and will today (July 22) be taken to the Criminal Court for detention.

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Friday 22 July 2016, 11:58AM


Sayed Ramin Pakneiad, a key suspect in a passport forgery case, escorted by officers from the Department of Special Investigation and staff of the Office of the Attorney General, arrives at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday night (July 22) after being extradited from Malaysia. Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan
Sayed Ramin Pakneiad, a key suspect in a passport forgery case, escorted by officers from the Department of Special Investigation and staff of the Office of the Attorney General, arrives at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday night (July 22) after being extradited from Malaysia. Photo: Sutthiwit Chayutworakan

Sayed Ramin Pakneiad, escorted by officers from the Department of Special Investigation and staff of the Office of the Attorney General, arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport about 10:30pm last night. DSI deputy director-general Somsak Raksaksakul said the Iranian national, a key suspect in passport forgery, had been involved in a criminal syndicate. He had lived in Thailand under the guise of a businessman for more than 10 years before he was caught in Pattaya City in 2012.

During the arrest, officers seized illicit drugs, fake passports and ID cards and other equipment used for falsifying documents. The man was also accused of trafficking people from the Middle East via Thailand to Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

He jumped bail granted by the Pattaya Court and fled to Malaysia.

he DSI had traced the suspect and then sought the cooperation of Malaysian police to arrest him.

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Malaysian authorities arrested him and found he also had a link with a human trafficking network in Malaysia, the DSI deputy chief said.

The DSI and the Office of the Attorney General had long sought his extradition, but the man fought a court battle for three years to avoid standing trial in Thailand.

The Federal Court of Malaysia finalised the case and ordered his extradition on April 26 this year, Col Songsak said.

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