Vietnamese nationals arrested for fake NZ passports

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THREE Vietnamese nationals were brought before the Magistrates’ Court yesterday for possessing fake passports.

Tran Van Thi, 30, is accused of possessing a forged New Zealand passport bearing his name, following his arrest at Jubilee Hotel on January 5.

Meanwhile, Dinh Ngoc Cuong, 45, and Nguyen Van Anh, 23, were also accused of each possessing a fake New Zealand passport bearing their names, following their arrest at Brunei International Airport on January 5.

The court document states that on January 5, a fake passport was found to be in the possession of Cuong at the inward bound immigration counter, while Anh had presented the fake passport in his possession at the Royal Brunei Airlines check-in counter.

During the proceedings before Senior Magistrate Hj Nabil Daraina PUKDPSSU Hj Badaruddin yesterday, the trio indicated they would require an interpreter as they were unable to understand English or Malay.

Prosecuting officer Hjh Atiyyah Hj Abas applied for the trio to be further remanded while the immigration department sought assistance from the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore.

The court granted the prosecution a two-week adjournment while the investigation is being carried out. The case has been scheduled for further mention on January 21.

The Brunei Times