35 year old Mahieddine Daikh of Algerian origin (?) was arrested at Bangkok's Don Muang airport on 2nd August, in the latest incident of document forging in Thailand, with 452 fake passports from France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium. He said he had been promised £15,000 to take the passports into London. He was routed to fly into Glasgow. Daikh is reported to have told the Bangkok Police that he had lived in London for 7 years and was granted British citizenship two years ago. The passports are said to be worth £2,000 each in the UK market.
Now we learn from the Wandsworth Gazette, that Mahieidine Daikh will be released from a Bangkok prison at the beginning of July.
He was first remanded for 3 months and investigated. He was finally sentenced in November last year to 8 at Bangkok Special Prison, following a conviction for carrying fake travel documents.
The bogus passports were first thought to be supplied to terrorists, but the Foreign Office ruled out any extremist links and helped him as he awaited trial. A spokeswoman said: "We helped him find a lawyer and finding a specialist English speaker. We also advised him about taking care.
Once the sentence is finished he can return to Wandsworth, a London UK , suburb where he apparently lived when arrested. Another blow struck in the fight against terrorism and illegal immigration into the UK.
UPDATE 24h March 2008 the Wandsworth Gazette story has disappeared.