Probe into stolen passports used by pair on missing jet

Probe into stolen passports used by pair on missing jet
Pattaya police show a photocopy of a passport belonging to an Italian national which went missing, at a local tour agency branch which processed online ticket booking that was used by one of the two passengers on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

Thai police have launched an investigation into the suspicious use of passports by two passengers on board the Malaysian Airlines flight that has gone missing, a senior policeman said yesterday.

Two unidentified passengers used passports belonging to other people, who have since revealed they did not board the ill-fated MH370 flight, said Pol Col Sahaschai Lojaya,a deputy commander of the foreign affairs division.

The investigation committee is made up of immigration police and the foreign affairs division. It is headed by deputy police chief Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit.

The panel has contacted Malaysian police to establish closer work relations and to help find out why and how the two passengers used passports reported stolen in Thailand.

News reports said two Europeans - Christian Kozel, an Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi of Italy - were on the passenger list for flight MH370, but neither man boarded the plane, officials said.

Both had passports stolen in Thailand over the past two years.

According to website, the tickets booked in Maraldi and Kozel's names were printed out on March 6 and issued in Pattaya. The e-ticket numbers for their flights were consecutive and both were paid for in Thai baht. Each ticket cost $690.

"Kozel'' was booked to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on MH370, then on to Amsterdam and Frankfurt. "Maraldi'' was booked on the same flight until Amsterdam, where he was to continue to Copenhagen.

Pattaya police chief Pol Colonel Suphachai Phuikaewkham said the bookings were made online, initially through Grand Horizon Travel, which contacted Six Stars Travel, which later purchased the air tickets. This meant it was impossible to identify the people who made the bookings, or where they did this, as requests for the bookings were made online, the officer said.

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