Two Lankans jailed to 8 months over fake passports

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Two Sri Lankan men were sentenced to eight months' jail last Thursday for owning fake British passports, the Singapore Straits Times reported.

Nagamany Kangatharan, 46, and Kandasamy Niththiyananthan, 27, were nabbed by Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the transit area of Changi Airport Terminal 3 last month.

In a statement yesterday, ICA said Nagamany and Kandasamy were seeking employment outside of Sri Lanka, and had sought help from a Sri Lankan agent to make the arrangements.

Investigations revealed that the agent arranged for their trip to London via Singapore at prices of between 330,000 Sri Lankan rupees (S$2,800) and one million rupees.

The duo flew from Colombo to Singapore using Sri Lankan passports, arriving on June 18. The next day, they met a Malaysian man, Ihsan Ismie Ishak, 31, who handed them the fraudulent British passports.

The passports contained the two men's photos but had particulars that did not belong to them.

At Changi Airport Terminal 1, Nagamany attempted to collect his boarding pass at the check-in counter while Kandasamy observed him.

However, Nagamany was seen leaving the counter hastily, as the ticketing officers took longer than usual to process his boarding pass.

Both men then decided to abort their travel plan to London and return to Colombo via Terminal 3.

They met Ihsan Ismie at Terminal 3's transit area, but the trio were arrested by ICA officers who had received information about the case.

Ihsan Ismie was sentenced to eight months' jail on June 28, the ICA statement said.

The authority said it takes a serious view of those who possess fraudulent travel documents or abet others in committing the offence. Those found guilty may be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison, fined up to $10,000, or both.

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  • Dhammika Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:51 AM

    Is one of them a WEERAWANSA .? .

    Prabha Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:56 PM

    No, both of them are!

    TONY Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:55 AM

    SRI LANKA SHOULD FOLLOW SAME TYPE OF PUNISHMENT EVEN FOR THOSE POSSESSING TWO PP

    vithura Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:08 PM

    Two passports are normally allowed in limited circumstances involving business travel to overcome the refusal of visa by certain Arab countries which deny visa if one had travelled to Israel.

    AJ Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:23 PM

    If authorities in Sri Lanka properly pursue the matter, catching Arajuna Mahendran in Singapore would be a simple activity. No Sri Lankan politicians want their friend caught.

    Gamaya Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:40 PM

    What Vithura says has no relevance to Horawansa and his spouse. They should be in jail.


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