19 OCTOBER 2009
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According to the Cyprus Mail a Sri I Lankan student was on Saturday (17 October) arrested at Larnaca Airport after trying to fly to Paris with a stolen passport. The “student” presented German paperwork to the duty officer who noticed straight away that the passport photo was of a blond German.
When the officer asked the student where he would like to go, he answered simply "Auf Wiedersehen" (“Goodbye” in German).
Larnaca CID arrested the student for forgery and unlawful impersonation. According to a Larnaca News Agency report, he had paid €5,000 for the passport.
A spokesperson for Larnaca CID said that the student was remanded in custody for four days, before going to Larnaca District Court on Monday. "If he is found guilty, then he will be sentenced to between four and eight months in prison. After that he will go back to his country." It seems that these “bright” students are a regular feature at the airport. The spokesperson said that passport infringements such as this were a weekly occurrence. What AERBT would like to know is just what the fellow is a student of?
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