By Ashraf Abdul Wahab.
Tripoli, 18 October 2013:
Customs officers at Cairo airport have seized a batch of blank Libyan visa forms concealed . . .[restrict]inside a consignment of Chinese tea.
The newspaper Al-Ahram, which reported the find, did not say from where the 695 blank visas had been despatched. A sample is being examined to establish if they are genuine.
The arrival of Egyptians in Libya with completely forged visas is common. An entire planeload of Egyptian workers was sent home from Sebha last month when their entry documents were all found to be phoney. If the visas detected by the Egyptian customs are revealed to be genuine blanks, then it may be that a more sophisticated racket has been uncovered.