Greek Police Probe Refugee Document Forgers, ISIS Ties

ATHENS – Greek police reportedly have discovered possible links between document forgers and supporters of ISIS, the so-called Islamic State.

The investigation started in early June and led to the arrest in the neighborhoods of Aghios Panteleimonas and Kypseli of a group comprising Syrian, Moroccan and Algerian nationals who are accused of selling forged passports to undocumented migrants, Kathimerini said.

Among the items confiscated during raids on their hideouts, officers found evidence linking the group to armed extremists in Syria and Iraq, the paper said.

The findings prompted the involvement of ELAS’s counterterrorism unit and the National Intelligence Service (EYP), while foreign intelligence agencies have also requested briefings on the investigation.

Sources told Kathimerini that the arrest of the counterfeiters followed a tip-off about a Moroccan man who was forging identification cards and passports and smuggling refugees and migrants from Turkey through Greece into Western Europe.