Missing MH370: Holder of stolen passport revealed

Missing MH370: Holder of stolen passport revealed

SEPANG, Malaysia - One of the impostors who boarded the MH370 flight has been identified as an Iranian, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Tuesday.

He said the 19-year-old man was Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad.

"We believe his intended destination was Frankfurt, Germany.

"So far, we believe he is not likely to be a terrorist," Khalid said at a press conference at the Sama Sama Hotel near KLIA.

He added that Mehrdad used the passport of Austrian Christian Kozel who had reported it missing in Phuket, Thailand.

He added that police were still investigating the identity of the second suspect.

Khalid said the man was believed to be migrating to Germany.

"When he did not arrive there, his mother contacted the authorities. She was aware he was using a stolen passport," he said.

He added police were still investigating the identity of the second suspect.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Aloyah Mamat said that both the impostors had come into Malaysia on Feb 28 and were issued social visit passes for 90 days.

She said in both cases the passport bearer matched the image on the biodata page.

She added that the standard operating procedure was followed by the respective officers in conducting the immigration clearance.

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