Nine arrested on Kos for supply of forged documents to refugees, migrants

At least nine foreign nationals have been arrested on the island of Kos as alleged members of a criminal ring supplying forged documents to migrants and refugees, according to an announcement on Sunday.

The first arrests were carried out by coast guard officers on the island on Saturday, assisted by a special missions team, after raids on the suspects’ homes revealed evidence of their activities, including computers, cameras, a large number of forged official documents and a large number of mobile phones and SIM cards.

The authorities were first alerted to the possible presence of the counterfeiting ring after intercepting a 29-year-old foreign national carrying an envelope with what appeared to be forged asylum application forms and other official documents, in order to sell these to migrants and refugees.