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WikiLeaks: 2007-01-25: 07MONTERREY67: Eleven Iraqis with False Passports Detained in Mexico En-Route to the U.S. from Spain

by WikiLeaks. 07MONTERREY67: January 25, 2007.

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 08:30 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MONTERREY67 2007-01-25 19:08 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Consulate Monterrey
VZCZCXRO8701
PP RUEHBC RUEHCD RUEHDE RUEHGD RUEHHO RUEHIHL RUEHKUK RUEHNG RUEHNL
RUEHRD RUEHRS RUEHTM
DE RUEHMC #0067/01 0251908
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 251908Z JAN 07
FM AMCONSUL MONTERREY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1625
RUEHME/AMEMBASSY MEXICO PRIORITY 2426
INFO RUEHXC/ALL US CONSULATES IN MEXICO COLLECTIVE
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0003
RUEHNC/AMEMBASSY NICOSIA PRIORITY 0001
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID PRIORITY 0009
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 0001
RUEFHLC/DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUEHMC/AMCONSUL MONTERREY 6672
S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 MONTERREY 000067 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR DS/IP/ITA; DS/IP/WHA; DS/ICI/CR 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  1/24/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PINS PHUM PINR INTERPOL MX IZ CY TU PL SP
SUBJECT: ELEVEN IRAQIS WITH FALSE PASSPORTS DETAINED IN MEXICO 
EN-ROUTE TO THE U.S. FROM SPAIN 
 
 
MONTERREY 00000067  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Luis Moreno, Consul General, U.S. Consulate 
General Monterrey, Department of State. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
1. (SBU)  On January 20, eleven Iraqi nationals attempted to 
gain entry into Mexico at Monterrey International Airport.  They 
arrived in Monterrey on AeroMexico flight 22, a direct flight 
from Madrid.  The group consisted of nine Iraqi men, one Iraqi 
woman, and one minor Iraqi child.  From their home in Mosul, 
Iraq, the group traveled to Turkey where they obtained falsified 
Cypriot and Polish passports.  The passports contained alias 
names but the correct photos of each of the eleven Iraqis. 
 
2. (SBU)  An additional Iraqi man, the father of the minor 
child, was detained by Turkish authorities when the group 
attempted to depart Turkey for Spain.  It is unclear whether 
this man, whose real identity is unknown, is still in Turkish 
custody.  The other eleven Iraqis continued their journey to 
Madrid, where they boarded the AeroMexico flight for Monterrey 
using the false passports.  The group was detained shortly after 
arriving in Monterrey on January 20 when immigration authorities 
questioned the validity of their passports.  Mexican authorities 
found that each adult was carrying an average of USD$500 and 
Euro200 on their person. 
 
3. (SBU)  At the Monterrey immigration detention facility, the 
group admitted that they planned to travel overland from 
Monterrey to Tijuana, Mexico, where they would then cross over 
into the United States.  Some of them claimed to have family 
living in the United States.  They also all claimed to be 
Chaldean Christian Iraqis who would be threatened if returned to 
their native country. 
 
4. (S)  The Iraqis stated that they had been instructed by their 
"handler" to go to the Versailles Hotel in Monterrey upon their 
arrival and wait for further instructions about their trip to 
Tijuana and the U.S.  The identity of said "handler" is 
presently unknown.  Mexican authorities attempted to obtain 
further information about the groups plans and the identify of 
the handler at the Versailles Hotel in Monterrey, but were 
unsuccessful.  Mexican intelligence believes that the handler is 
a Mexican national. 
 
3. (S)  On January 21, the group of eleven Iraqis were 
transferred overland by CISEN (Mexican Intelligence) from 
Monterrey's immigration facility to Mexico City for further 
questioning, detention, and disposition.  They are currently in 
CISEN custody in Mexico City.  The names, aliases, and passport 
information for each of the eleven Iraqis currently in CISEN 
custody are as listed below (information provided by CISEN). 
 
4.  (SBU)  The names, aliases and passport information for each 
of the eleven Iraqis are as follows: 
 
-- Athir Hazem Kareem, male, DOB 18 Feb 1985 (traveled as Maron 
Sabba, DOB 18 Feb 1985, Cypriot PPN: E 025500) 
-- Chassan Zaya Rafael, male, DOB 28 Jul 1979 (traveled as Savas 
Gokolas, DOB 12 Aug 1975, Cypriot PPN: E 025528) 
-- Safa Petros Astefo, DOB 28 Oct 1974 (traveled as Mano Farez, 
DOB 21 Aug 1974, Cypriot PPN: E 025619) 
-- Alaa Waheed, male, DOB 03 Jan 1983 (traveled as Nikos Samos, 
DOB 03 Jan 1983, Cypriot PPN: E 025508) 
-- Nahed Cherko, male, DOB 14 July 1975 (traveled as Niko 
Zaxapaki, DOB 14 Jul 1975, Cypriot PPN: E 025607) 
-- Suheil Abid Bahapi, male, DOB 03 Apr 1975 (traveled as 
Vaselis Fates, DOB 08 Jul 1976, Cypriot PPN: E 025524) 
-- Haitham Jalal Polis, male, DOB 16 Feb 1975 (traveled as Spero 
Konas, DOB 16 Feb 1975, Cypriot PPN: E 025505) 
-- Raad Kary House, male, DOB 04 Apr 1966 (traveled as Dariusz 
Szczepan Pryt, DOB 26 Dec 1970, Polish PPN: AJ 9075176) 
-- Hadeel Shakr Owraha, female, DOB 14 Jan 1985 (traveled as 
Margarita Samos, DOB 21 Jun 1985, Cypriot PPN: E 025610) 
-- Omar Kareem, male, DOB 18 Jan 1982 (traveled as Maciej 
Seweryn Dryka, DOB 06 Nov 1987, Polish PPN: AF 2650862) 
-- Daniela Duraid, female, DOB 08 Oct 2004 (traveled as Maro 
Samos, DOB 22 Feb 2005, Cypriot PPN: E 025610) 
 
4. (S)  The eleven detainees had no other documentation or 
identification on their person to confirm that their true Iraqi 
 
MONTERREY 00000067  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
names and dates of birth are the same ones they provided to 
CISEN.  During preliminary questioning, they each initially gave 
a different name than the one listed above as their true name. 
After further questioning, however, each provided the 
above-listed name as their true and correct Iraqi name.  Mexican 
authorities have not currently identified any of these 
individuals as a dangerous threat to U.S. national security, but 
Post will continue to monitor the situation closely in 
conjunction with local intelligence and law enforcement agencies. 
MORENO

 



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