Police bust fake visa workshop

A ring of foreigners who made a living by selling, for up to 500 euros each, fake passports and visas forged in a small workshop in central Athens has been broken, police said on Saturday. Three Iraqis were arrested following a raid on their workshop in the central district of Gyzi which unearthed several blank and forged passports, photocopies of visas issued by Schengen Treaty member countries, electronic printing and forging equipment as well as official stamps. The Iraqis are believed to have had associates in Bulgaria who supplied them with blank passports, fake visas and forgery equipment. Another two suspected ring members – an Iranian and a Syrian – are being sought, police said. The five have allegedly been forging and selling travel documents – for between 100 and 500 euros apiece – since 2003, when they first arrived in Greece, police said. All had submitted applications for asylum which are pending, police added.

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