September 16, 2015
Translated from German by I.N.
Syrian passport as a winning lottery ticket
According to RTL German service, a 21-year Moroccan ISIS member used a false identity and was registered as an asylum seeker in the county of Ludwigsburg. He was discovered after police linked him to a European arrest warrant issued by the Spanish authorities. He is accused of recruiting fighters for ISIS, by acting as a liaison with fighters who wanted to travel to Syria and Iraq.
This first confirmed arrest of fake “asylum seeker” have happened in the hours after the Ministry of Finance said it seized boxes with false Syrian passports for sale and distribution to potential attackers who want to settle in Europe as fake “war refugees”.
The news, published in the German newspaper Tageshpigl also revealed that police in Bulgaria seized 10,000 fake Syrian passports on their way to Germany.
A representative of the German Ministry of Finance said that the real and fake passports were intercepted packages in postal items. Possession of these documents is a vital part of the application for asylum as “war refugees”.
“Tageshpigl” reveals that false Syrian passports are sold for about $1,500, and the fact that many of the “refugees” have enough money to buy more passports is yet another indication of the false nature of their claims that they are genuine “asylum seekers “.
Significantly, the article claims that “The Syrian passports are in demand not just by the Syrians and the members of ISIS and the Al Nusra front. Some refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan want to “become the Syrians” in order to request asylum in Western Europe. According to local media reports, nine out of ten refugees who came from Macedonia to Serbia are claiming to be Syrian. “
The ongoing trade of fake Syrian passports was confirmed even by the head of the EU border police Fabrice Ledger in a recent interview with TV Europe first.
Ledger said that the trafficking of false Syrian passports is originating from Turkey. “There are people who are now in Turkey and buying forged Syrian passports because Syrians receive asylum in all member states of the European Union, it’s like winning the lottery for them” – he said.
“People who use false Syrian passports often speak Arabic. They can originate from North Africa or the Middle East, but have a profile of economic migrants,” -he said.