Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 - 19 of Nisan, 5779

Two Iranians arrested in Buenos Aires holding forged Israeli passports

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BUENOS AIRES—Two Iranian nationals have been arrested at their arrival in Buenos Aires as they were carrying forged Israeli passports.

The police noticed that the fingerprints and pictures did not match the holders of the passports. Tests showed that the documents were forged and that there were even Hebrew spelling mistakes in the passports.

The couple —27-year-old Sajjad Naserani and 30-year-old Mahsoreh Sabzali—were arrested after entering Argentina as Netanel and Rivka Toledano, carrying passports replete with mistakes, including the spelling of “Israel.”

They arrived in Argentina from Spain. They  were able to leave the airport but two days after the Iranians entered Argentina, the state court ordered the case to be transferred to the counter-terrorism unit. They were arrested at a hotel days after their arrival, thanks to a coordinated effort between Interpol branches in Argentina, Spain and Israel.

The ID numbers the couple used reportedly belong to a real-life French-Israeli couple, according to Argentinian media.

The two Iranians arrived in Buenos Aires from Spain, managing to pass through customs before being arrested at a hotel days later, thanks to a coordinated effort between Interpol branches in Argentina, Spain and Israel.

Two bombing attacks in Buenos Aires have been attributed to Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah. First, a bombing that  killed 29 people at the Israeli embassy in  1992. The second, a terrorist attack on the AMIA (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina Jewish center in the Argentinian capital in July 1994 which left 85 people dead and hundreds injured.

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