BI arrests Iranian fugitive at NAIA

Published October 18, 2019, 1:26 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Jun Ramirez

An Iranian fugitive wanted for an assault and battery case was intercepted by immigration officers upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Thursday.

Bureau of Immigration (MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Immigration (MANILA BULLETIN)

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Port Operations Chief Grifton Medina said 31-year-old Zare Bahari Bahareh was immediately excluded hours after she arrived at the NAIA terminal 3 aboard a Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai.

Medina said Zare Bahari, who was a respondent to an assault and battery case in Dagupan City was intercepted by BI men upon seeing that her name had a hit on their derogatory database.

According to BI NAIA Terminal 3 head Bradford Allen So, Zare Bahari was excluded as she was the subject of a red notice from Interpol.

So likewise disclosed that during the implementation of Zare Bahari’s exclusion, another Iranian national identified as Minbashi Moeini Morteza approached immigration officials at the arrival area.

“Morteza was unruly. He was able to enter restricted areas at the airport, collect the luggage of Bahari, and sneak into the immigration arrival area to personally fetch his compatriot, without an airport pass,” So said.

He added that Morteza’s presence in the arrival area was a brazen case of security breach.

“Morteza and Zare Bahari were already causing a scene, and had to be forced apart by airport authorities, as Zare Bahari was screaming ‘Jesus kill you all Filipinos!’” So further stated.

Morteza was then taken into custody by airport security personnel.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente expressed dismay over the incident saying “foreign nationals should respect our laws when they are in our country.”

He likewise requested airport authorities to conduct an investigation on the illegal entry of Morteza in the airport premises.