A Sri Lankan diplomat who tried to bring four young people into Italy illegally was arrested by the officers of the Malpensa Airport Border Police Bureau in Milan recently.
The diplomat arrived with his wife and four others -two girls and two boys who appeared to be in their 20s- from Doha and presented the documents to immigration officials for verification proceedings. He produced both his wife’s and his diplomatic passports for inspection, which had Schengen visa issued by the French diplomatic authority, and appeared to be legitimate.
However, it was the doubtful authenticity of the passports of four youngsters that aroused the suspicion of the immigration officials, and they were escorted into the immigration office located nearby. The diplomat reassured the officials that the two young women were his daughters and the two young men were his nephews, who showed similar Schengen visas.
A further investigation into the matter revealed that all four passports of the youth were falsified by reconstructing the biographical page, which was made using raw materials and sophisticated printing materials. Also, four original passports of the Sinhalese youth were found inside the hand luggage of the diplomat.
Further questioning revealed that the four youth were not related to the diplomat, and he was only accompanying them for 4,000 euros each, at their parents’ request.
The Sri Lankan diplomat was arrested for the crime of facilitating illegal immigration and was sent to face court proceedings.
Consequently, the wife of the diplomat and the four youths were boarded into a direct flight to Sri Lanka.