MUMBAI PLOTTER IMRAN MUHAMMAD ARRESTED IN ZEMBABWE
Imran Muhammad and Chaudry Parvez flew from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania where they allegedly acquired fake Kenyan passports before entering Zimbabwe overland.
The men were picked up in the southern border town of Beitbridge, on Sunday 06/20/2010, where they were alleged to have been trying to use fake passports to enter South Africa, which is hosting this year’s World Cup soccer tournament.
Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported that suspect Imran Muhammad, 33, was wanted in Pakistan for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks. The second man was identified as Chaudry Parvez Ahmed, 39.
Zimbabwean police said they have contacted Pakistan’s security agencies and Interpol for information. Pakistani officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
South African Police spokesman Vish Naidoo told The Associated Press that authorities did not suspect the two men of terrorism or of plotting threats to the World Cup. “At this stage there’s nothing to suggest anything else other than that they are illegal immigrants or suspected to be illegal immigrants,” he said.
Imran Muhammed and Chaundhry Parvez Ahmed were sentenced, on Saturday 07/24/2010, to a fine of $200 each and to be deported back to Pakistan.
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