Jan 11, Colombo: Singapore immigration authorities have jailed two Sri Lankan men each for 8 months for offences under the Passports Act on Monday (07), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Friday.
On 7 January 2019, Pararasasingam Puveenthan, aged 30, was convicted for having in possession a false Canadian passport and Marimuththu Subramaniam, aged 48, was found guilty of abetting one to be in possession of a false travel document, ICA said in a press release.
They were arrested by ICA officers when anomalies were detected in the Canadian passport produced by Pararasasingam at the gatehold room of Changi Airport Terminal 1 on 28 October 2018.
According to ICA, investigations revealed that Pararasasingam wanted to seek employment opportunities outside of Sri Lanka. Through a third party agent, he obtained a Canadian passport bearing his photograph but with particulars that did not belong to him. The agent arranged for Pararasasingam to travel with Marimuththu to Singapore from Colombo on 28 October 2018 using their own Sri Lankan passports.
After reaching the transit area of Changi Airport, Marimuththu brought Pararasasingam to a waiting area at Changi Airport Terminal 1 for the latter's onward flight to Melbourne. At the gatehold room, anomalies were detected in the Canadian passport produced by Pararasasingam. ICA officers were then alerted and moved in to arrest Pararasasingam. Marimuththu was arrested by ICA officers at the transit area of Changi Airport Terminal 3 while waiting for his flight back to Colombo.
"The ICA takes a serious view of persons possessing a false travel document or abetting others to be in possession of false travel documents," the press release said.
Under the Section 47(6) of the Passports Act, a person who knowingly has in possession a false foreign travel document shall be guilty of an offence and if convicted, may be sentenced to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both.