London: Three British Sikhs have admitted to a passport scam under which they misused the passports of their family members to help Afghan asylum seekers enter the UK in 2014 wearing the traditional turbans to hide identity.
Cousins Daljit Kapoor and Harmit Kapoor, and Davinder Chawla, all three in their 40s, pleaded guilty before their trial at Inner London Crown Court on Tuesday. They admitted two charges of conspiracy to help asylum seekers from Afghanistan to enter the UK illegally between May and June 2014 and will be sentenced later this month. “We say these three men are the facilitators in this… organised crime, where they are using genuine British passport holders within the Sikh community.
It’s a Sikh conspiracy and it’s occurring because it’s very difficult for the authorities at the border control to distinguish who’s who on the passports,” prosecutor Edward Aydin had said at an earlier hearing at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court. The passports shown by the Afghans all had photos of Sikhs wearing their turbans and border staff failed to spot the difference.
Around 30 Afghans are said to have successfully claimed asylum after paying the three fraudsters 12,000 pounds per family to enter the UK.