June 06, Colombo: Two Sri Lankan men have been jailed for 8 months over forged Singapore documents, The Straits Times reported.
Pushparaj Kapil, 21, and Ramachandran Kriysso Prashad, 32, were convicted and sentenced to eight months’ jail each on April 28 and June 4 respectively, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Saturday (June 6).
Kapil was convicted over having a false Singapore passport and a forged Singapore identity card. Prasshad was convicted over abetting Kapil to obtain these forged documents.
They were arrested by ICA officers at Tuas Checkpoint on Feb 29, 2020.
Investigations revealed that Kapil wanted to seek asylum in Canada and sought help from someone called Sam. Kapil agreed to pay Sam 60 lakhs of Sri Lankan rupees (S$45,000) for the travel arrangements to Canada.
Sam then contacted Prasshad, who agreed to help with Kapil’s journey to Canada. Prasshad later obtained a false Singapore passport and a forged Singapore identity card on Jan 26 in Kuala Lumpur from the associate of a Malaysian man known as Muhammad.
On Feb 28, both Kapil and Prasshad left Kuala Lumpur, intending to travel to Singapore to catch a direct flight to Laos.
Both men arrived at Tuas Checkpoint the next day at about 6.30am. At the immigration counter, Kapil presented his Sri Lankan passport to an ICA officer for immigration clearance, but the officer sensed something was amiss during a brief interview.
The officer then referred both Kapil and Prasshad to the duty office for further assessment.
At the duty office, ICA officers searched both men’s bags and found the counterfeit documents in Kapil's possession - the identity card and the biodata page of the Singapore passport had Kapil’s name and photograph, but the rest of the details did not belong to him.
Both men were immediately arrested.