Maputo — The police detained five Bangladeshi citizens on Monday, at Nampula International Airport in northern Mozambique, because the entry visas in their passports were forgeries, reports Thursday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
According to Inacio Dina, head of the police public relations office in Nampula, the five had arrived on a scheduled Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi to Nampula. The preliminary police investigation indicates that they began their journey in Bangladesh last week, and spent several days in Kenya, waiting for their visas to enter Mozambique.
They had intended to look for commercial opportunities in Mozambique, and if they were unsuccessful intended to try their luck in South Africa.
But no genuine entry visa would ever be issued to someone visiting Mozambique on the off-chance that he might be able to set up a small business.
The police suspect that the Bangladeshis were victims of an organised criminal network that sells forged Mozambique entry visas to unsuspecting travelers.
The police intended to send the five back to Nairobi on the Thursday Kenya Airways flight.