8 Oct 2016

Georgians arrested with fake passports in Tonga

12:12 pm on 8 October 2016

Seven Georgian citizens have been arrested in Tonga for dealing fake passports.

In a statement, Tonga police say the seven people entered the country two weeks ago using stolen Greek passports.

After a tip off by New Zealand police, local authorities sought help from Interpol who said the passports were reported stolen earlier this year and had been altered with false identities.

On Friday police searched the group's accommodation and arrested them, and found another seven Georgian passports which are thought to contain their real identities.

The seven accused have been placed under house arrest until they appear in court on Monday.