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The word “biometrics” was being bandied about everywhere yesterday when acting immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang hosted a press conference.
He said that the new system – that just came online at Thai airports and other immigration points – was helping stop people on fake passports and those wanted on other notices.
Daily News listed the following cases, some of which have already featured on Thaivisa.
1. Mr Soe, 47, from Myanmar was arrested on the 24th of May with a fake Malaysian passport on his way to Manila.
2. Mr Akouani, 21, and Miss Fofana, 22, from the Ivory Coast were stopped on June 10th using fake Mauritius passports to check in at the Lufthansa desk on their way to work in Frankfurt.
In this case biometrics technology was unable to read a microchip. The arrested couple said they had paid 200 Euros for each of the fake passports.
3. Mr Amith, 41, from India was stopped using a fake Singaporean passport to fly Air China to Canada. Biometrics helped again.
He said he had paid a Nepail called Baba $1,000 for the passport.
4. Liang Jerm Bo, 32, (of unknown nationality) was stopped on July 14th and found to have a counterfeit bio-data page in his passport. He was coming into Thailand at the time.
He said that he had paid a Taiwanese man $20,000 (or around 600,000 baht) to help him get into Thailand from Taiwan.
5. Miss Li, a forty year old Chinese woman, was stopped at Phuket airport outbound on Friday when she was found – using the biometrics technology – to be on a red notice. She had been mentioned as a person wanted in China for fraud involving 100 million Yuan.
Daily News repeated requests from immigration to report illegal foreigners on the 1178 hotline or through the immigration website.