Two Pak men charged with using forged travel documents in Zim
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 19:13
Johannesburg: Two Pakistani men, one of whom was initially thought to be linked to the Mumbai terror attack, have been charged in a Zimbabwe court with using forged travel documents to enter South Africa.

The two Pakistani men, who were arrested at a border post in Zimbabwe while trying to cross into South Africa illegally were produced in court yesterday and charged with breaching immigration laws.

The arrest had raised an alarm over the possibility of terror groups trying to target the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The state media had initially linked one of the two arrested men to the Mumbai terror attack, but police is yet to verify any such links.

Imran Muhammad (33) and Warraich Chaudhry Pervez Ahmed (39) were arrested while trying to cross into South Africa at Beitbridge Border Post last month.

The two appeared in court and were charged with contravening sections of the Immigration Act, Zimbabwe Herald reported.

The two men were found to be in possession of fake travel documents by immigration officials at the border check post while trying to enter the country on June 20.

The paper said they were found in possession of forged Tanzanian Emergency Travel Documents whose names did not tally with those on their Pakistani passports.

Muhammad and Ahmed, who appeared before Harare magistrate Sandra Mupindu, were not asked to plead during the court appearance.

They have been remanded in custody to July 22 because a Pakistani interpreter is needed for the proceedings as the two men are not conversant in English.

The prosecutor told the court that the two men were being charged under the Immigration Act, "after they failed to present themselves to an immigration officer and possession of travel documents to which they were not entitled".


First Published: Wednesday, July 07, 2010, 19:13

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