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Pakistani 'terror' suspect fined for immigration breach

world Updated: Jul 24, 2010 21:01 IST
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Two Pakistani men arrested in Zimbabwe as they tried to enter South Africa were fined $ 200 each for using forged travel documents, a state daily said on Saturday.

Imran Muhammad, 33, and compatriot Warraich Chaudhry Pervez Ahmed, 39, were charged with breaching the immigration act.

They will remain in custody pending deportation to Pakistan.

State media had originally linked at least one of the men to the 2008 Mumbai attacks but police said the terrorism charges were "misrepresentations in the media."

The Herald newspaper said they were each fined $ 200.

"The court also slapped the two with a wholly suspended three-month jail term on condition they do not commit a similar offence in the next three years," the paper reported.

Prosecutors said the two were found with fake Tanzanian travel documents with different names from the ones on their passports and did not go for immigration checks at the Beitbridge border post.