Friday, January 27, 2006

Foreign Criminals Of The Day: The Counterfeit Casbah

In a story which BBC News Interactive so far seems to have ignored (perhaps they've been cowed by allegations of institutional racism in crime reporting), a motley pair of Algerian Ali Babas named Noureddine Hadadj and Rezki Bensayah have both been jailed for 30 months for running a veritable casbah of counterfeiting.
The soukers' specialty was churning out fake ID's for criminals and illegal immigrants. Any kind of fake ID, you name it, they made it: passports, utility bills, identity cards, national insurance cards and driving licences.
They were better equipped than Microsoft, running three laptops, two PC's, two scanners, six printers, a laminator, a card-reader and four printing machines to crank out - well, still in their factory the police found, inter alia, 50 counterfeit passports (British, French, Belgian, Portugese), 55 French national insurance cards, 1,941 blank UK national insurance cards, 66 UK driving licences and 57 other assorted European driving licences.
To top it all, they had forged an official stamp from the immigration department.
And for the record, Algeria has absolutely no connection whatsoever with the UK.


Blogger Raw Carrot said...

Just saw this myself... hilarious news... as always. Perhaps the National ID card scheme Labour are demanding is just an attempt to buy immigrant votes? ;-)

27 January, 2006 23:58  
Blogger Dennis Mangan said...

Why would anyone want a Portuguese passport?

28 January, 2006 03:40  
Blogger Martin said...


I don't think so.It's just about authoritarianism and control.

Typically socialist.

And Dennis, the answer to your question is, your guess is as as good as mine - unless, of course, you're an illegal immigrant from the Portugese speaking world.

Like Jean Charles de Menezes.

28 January, 2006 09:12  
Blogger Alchemist said...

Getting votes plus all that information and increased control over its own citizens.
The trouble with technology is there's always a way round it,such as people working in the higher echelons and government agencies working with terrorists/criminals-or governments who are actually terrorist/criminal themselves.

28 January, 2006 22:51  

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