A Syrian jihadess (jihadette?) used a fake passport and bribed customs officials at the airport in Bogota in order to be able to catch a flight to France just before the massacre in Paris. According to the following news report from Colombia, the case of Seham Al Salkhadi is just one of many instances in which Syrian mujahideen have used fake or stolen documents to travel from Latin America to destinations in the United States or Europe.
Below are excerpts from an article on the same topic from The Times of India:
Colombia Probing Syrian Islamist Who Traveled to Paris
BOGOTA: Colombia is investigating a Syrian woman with ties to radical Islam, who traveled to Paris ahead of the attacks on a stolen Israeli passport, sources at the state prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
Seham Al Salkhadi left ahead of Friday’s attacks on a direct flight from Bogota to the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle airport, traveling under the name of Ashira Krieger, the sources said.
Al Salkhadi is suspected of paying off customs officials at the El Dorado international airport in Bogota to be able to travel using a stolen passport, which had been tampered with to modify some details.
She was briefly detained upon her arrival in Paris but was released after a few hours.
“The prosecutor’s services are working together with French authorities to establish her relationship with Islamist groups, but there is no proof that she is linked to the Paris attacks,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
The official said the prosecutor was investigating the case in relation to a wider probe into corruption by airport officials, who have been letting criminals travel with forged documents.
Five officials with the Colombian migration services are facing charges in connection with the scandal which broke in September.
A statement issued by the prosecutor’s services at the time said they were investigating whether corrupt airport officials had facilitated the departure for France of a female Syrian terror suspect.
|0:00||Colombian authorities alerted France to a Syrian woman|
|0:06||who traveled from Bogota to Paris under a fake passport.|
|0:12||The case also was evidence in a customs corruption investigation.|
|0:18||[Reporter] The Syrian woman, Al Salkhadi Seham, presented a fake passport|
|0:24||to a customs officer at Bogota airport,|
|0:29||who was arrested the next day with four other customs officers|
|0:33||on immigrant trafficking charges.|
|0:38||After checking her passport, he OK’d her trip to France.|
|0:41||[C. Krueger, Colombian Immigration Director] There were|
|0:49||no arrest warrants for her in our country.|
|0:56||[Reporter] The passport was in the name of Israeli citizen|
|1:01||Baruch Krieger, who had lost it in Colombia.|
|1:05||Air France stated a the prosecutor’s inquiry|
|1:08||that the woman traveled to Paris on a ticket to Stockholm, but did not complete the last stage.|
|1:14||In Honduras, five Syrians trying to reach the US|
|1:20||were detained carrying fake Greek passports.|
|1:25||Likewise, a Syrian woman was stopped|
|1:28||in Costa Rica with fake documents.
Hat tip for the article: C. Cantoni.