Tensions are rising constantly between Iran and the US after the US claimed responsibility for the killing of Iran’s top military commander Qasim Soleimani in Iraq.
Iran has also claimed to bomb strategic US bases in Iraq which it terms as a proportionate response to US misadventure, while president trump maintains “all is well.”
However, as the situation seems to be escalating, six Iranians travelling on a fake passport have been arrested by Macau’s Public Security Police Force (PSP). The arrests were made over the weekend and the suspects were travelling on three different flights from Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.
The arrests were made over a period of 24 hours as the suspects tried to enter the special administrative area.
According to the local media reports, the six of them who were arrested were travelling on fake passports that imitated to have been issued by the Swedish, Spanish, Italian and Israeli governments.
Amongst the six Iranians arrested, there are four men and two women aged 24-34. Upon interrogation, the arrested Iranians have reportedly said that they don’t know each other. They have also admitted to having paid about € 8k and € 9k each to get hold of the fake passports to enter Macau.
The investigating authorities have said that the Iranians arrested have shared their names apart from the fake ones on the passport. The authorities have also said that the Iranians have said their plan was to make it to Europe and that Macau was a stopover.
However, the authorities have not found any further booked tickets to any European destination from the arrested Iranians.
It should be noted that three of the six top casino operators (Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts and Wynn Resort) in Macau are US-based companies. Therefore, given the heightened tensions between Iran and the US, the possibilities of ulterior motives are not being ruled out. However, there has been no confirmation of any credible threat apart from this being a case of forgery.