KATHMANDU: It has been revealed that the security personnel at the Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu recently arrested an Iranian national, allegedly doing suspicious activities outside the facility, and handed over to the police.
The Annapurna Post vernacular daily reported on Sunday that the arrest was made on April 13. Identified as Mohsin Khosravian, the suspect is currently in police custody.
The security officials at the Embassy speculated that the suspect was scouting the facility with a harmful intention "for he carried a tourist map of the Lazimpat area" where the Israeli mission is located.
He had stayed in a Thamel-based hotel. After his arrest, the suspect told police that he had ventured out to find out a shop to repair his laptop.
According to the report, the Nepal Police's Central Bureau of Investigation and Special Bureau have launched investigation into his activities and possible terrorist links in the wake of his "frequent and suspicious visits" to the Israeli Embassy area.
Moreover, it has been revealed that the suspect hid his Iranian passport (P 95434382) and used a fake Israeli passport (14517227)-- issued in the name of Alexander -- to get the 'on arrival' visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport on April 3.
He is said to be living in Bangkok since 2004 and married to a Thai woman for five years.
The incident came into the limelight after his wife and two of his Iranian relatives arrived in Kathmandu from Bangkok on Friday to meet him.
Mohsin has maintained that after facing loss in his garment business he entered Nepal with an aim to go to Europe to seek asylum there.
Investigation has found out that he had used his original passport to enter Malaysia on March 31. He apparently acquired the fake Israeli passport in Kuala Lumpur. He had recently visited Sri Lanka also.
According to the records at Kathmandu District Administration, Mohsin has been charged under the Public Offence Act. On the same day of his arrest, he was remanded in custody for investigation.
His wife and relatives met him at the Metropolitan Police Circle, Maharajgunj on Friday.
Deputy Inspector General Kesh Bahadur Shahi, the chief of CIB, said no information can be provided regarding Mohsin for now.
Iran and Israel have bitter relations. On February 13, 2012, bombs were simultaneously detonated at the Israeli missions in New Delhi, India and Tbilisi, Georgia. Israel has been pointing its finger at Iran for the attacks.