Iranian Imposters identified – Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad and Delavar Seyedmohammedreza.
CCTV grab of Mehrdad and Seyedmohammedreza, who traveled on fake passports on flight MH370. (Market Watch)
The imposters were identified by Malaysian officials.
The two Iranian men traveling on missing Malaysian Air flight MH370 have been identified.
Market Watch reported:
Two passengers who boarded missing Malaysia Airlines MY:MAS 0.00% flight MH370 with stolen passports were Iranians, one of whom was trying to reunited with his mother in German, authorities said on Tuesday.
Malaysia’s national police chief, Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar, identified one of the passengers as 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. Inspector-General Khalid said Mehrdad’s mother contacted Malaysian authorities after he failed to arrive on a connecting flight to Frankfurt, after the Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared less than an hour after take-off en route to Beijing.
Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble told reporters at the agency’s headquarters in Lyon, France, that the second man was also an Iranian, Delavar Seyedmohammedreza.
Mehrdad, who was traveling on a passport reported stolen in Thailand last year by 30-year-old Austrian Christian Kozel, didn’t appear to be connected with any terrorist groups, Inspector-General Khalid said, adding that he had been in contact with Iranian authorities. “We believe he was trying to migrate to Germany,” he said. “His mother was expecting him to arrive. She contacted us here, so that is how we know he is the one.”
nterpol suggested that the second man, Seyedmohammedreza, was also only trying to get to Europe by using a stolen Italian passport.
A Malaysian police official holds the photo of 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad. (VOA Farsi)
The families are questioning why they can still call their relatives’ phones.
The Washington Post reported:
One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.
A migrant worker in the room said that several other workers from his company were on the plane, including his brother-in-law. Among them, the QQ accounts of three still showed that they were online, he said Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the mystery, other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers’ numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up.
The phantom calls triggered a new level of desperation and anger for some. They tried repeatedly Sunday and Monday to ask airline and police officials about the ringing calls and QQ accounts. However unlikely it was, many thought the phones might still be on, and that if authorities just tracked them down, their relatives might be found. But they were largely ignored.
According to Singapore’s Strait Times, a Malaysia Airlines official, Hugh Dunleavy, told families that the company had tried calling mobile phones of crew members as well and that they had also rang. The company turned over those phone numbers to Chinese authorities.