Acting on a tip-off and following an investigation, police arrested the two Iraqis, aged 32 and 33 years old, respectively, in Athens' Karaiskaki Square as they were handing over forged travel documents in exchange for a fee. They forged documents were supplied to illegal immigrants in the areas of Omonia and Egaleo.
The 32-year-old has an outstanding international arrest warrant for murder, carried out in Turkey, while on June 14 he fired shots at eight Iraqi nationals at an Athens coffee shop, with the result that one was injured in the leg.
The two Iraqis resisted arrest and tried to get away but were immobilised and arrested.
In their possession, police found and confiscated five cell phones, one motorbike, a telescopic night-stick, 2,038 euro and 200 US dollars. A subsequent search of their residence in Peristeri uncovered a large number of fake travel documents, a number of passport-size photos for numerous foreign nationals, declaration forms and other documents.
The two suspects were led before a public prosecutor and charged with forgery, insubordination, resisting arrest, illegally entering and residing in the country, violating laws on weapons and, in the case of the 32-year-old, attempted murder.