Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Buy 20 Fake Passports; TV REPORTER ENTERS BRITAIN WITH FORGED EAST EUROPEAN ID

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Buy 20 Fake Passports; TV REPORTER ENTERS BRITAIN WITH FORGED EAST EUROPEAN ID

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Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM

AN URGENT overhaul of Britain's border controls was demanded today after a woman using fake East European passports was twice allowed entry into the country.

An investigation to be broadcast tonight on the BBC's Panorama programme shows one of its reporters entering Britain on the Eurostar with a stolen Estonian passport.

The woman, who managed to buy fake passports from 20 EU countries, is also seen evading detection at Portsmouth's ferry terminal using a false Latvian passport. Shahida Tulaganov paid between [pounds sterling]250 and [pounds sterling]1,500 for the fake passports.

She acquired her first from a dealer in London whom she contacted via a Russian language newspaper.

She obtained other forged or stolen passports from countries including Spain, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Lithuania and Poland. She said her findings suggest large numbers of illegal immigrants could have entered Britain on false documents. …

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