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2 on missing Malaysia jet used stolen passports

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:11 p.m. HST, Mar 08, 2014


MILAN >> Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed Saturday that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.

Neither European was on the plane, which disappeared Saturday less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, officials said. The Italian was traveling in Thailand and the Austrian was located in his native country.

The father of the Italian man told The Associated Press that his son's passport had been stolen about a year and a half ago while traveling in Thailand.

"He deposited it with rental car agency, and when he returned the car it was gone," Walter Maraldi said by telephone from his home in the northern Emilia-Romagna region.

The Italian man had a new passport issued in Thailand to continue his trip, his father said. The Italian Interior Ministry issued a statement that the man also reported it stolen on Aug. 1, 2013, after his return to Italy, and that the stolen document had been entered into the Interpol database.

Walter Maraldi said authorities could not tell him whether the stolen passport or a counterfeit copy was used by a passenger to board the aircraft.

The father said his son Luigi Maraldi, 37, called his parents from Thailand to tell them he was fine after hearing news reports that an Italian with his name was on board the missing airplane.

Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss confirmed that a name listed on the manifest matches an Austrian passport reported stolen two years ago in Thailand. Weiss would not confirm the Austrian traveler's identity.

"We have no information on who might have stolen the passport," Weiss said.

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AP reporter Paolo Santalucia in Rome and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.







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Grimbold wrote:
Very suspicious . Two false identity passports . I suspect Muslim extremists blue it up.
on March 8,2014 | 07:25AM
honopic wrote:
It's a long stretch from two stolen European passports to Muslim extremists who "blue" (sic) up the plane! You might consider waiting until there is more evidence before showing your prejudice and jumping to conclusions. While you're waiting, you might want to brush up on your spelling.
on March 8,2014 | 07:54AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Mahalo for your comment, honopic.
on March 8,2014 | 09:01AM
cojef wrote:
Ditto.
on March 8,2014 | 02:33PM
bekwell wrote:
All of you are kidding. Right? Or are you . . .
on March 8,2014 | 03:41PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Honopic, copperwire and cojef need to get their heads out of the sand or out of the orifice in their hindsides to see what has been happening in the world. The facts that almost every act of terror since 2001 has been perpetrated by Muslins, that the passports were stolen in Southeast Asia which has a large Muslim population and the that the flight originated from a Muslim country, provide more than enough evidence to suggest the plane was blown up by Muslim terrorists who used the stolen passports to board the aircraft as Grimbold suggests.
on March 8,2014 | 05:39PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The facts that almost every act of terror since 2001 has been perpetrated by Muslins, that the passports were stolen in Southeast Asia which has a large Muslim population and the that the flight originated from a Muslim country, provide more than enough evidence to suggest the plane was blown up by Muslim terrorists who used the stolen passports to board the aircraft as Grimbold suggests.
on March 8,2014 | 05:44PM
TigerEye wrote:
Malaysia Airlines. Malaysia's a Muslim country. The missing plane was not from United, British Airways or any other carrier from a so-called western power. How many among those acts of terror you not-quite-referenced were instigated by Muslims onto their own carriers? Also, aren't acts of terror usually followed by bragging by someone? What is the point of an act of terror if responsibility for the act and the result are not loudly to the world? You should probably make sure your twos are actually twos before adding them together to come up with your obvious four.
on March 8,2014 | 06:06PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Honopic, copperwire and cojef need to get their heads out of the sand or out of the orifice in their hindsides to see what has been happening in the world.
on March 8,2014 | 05:46PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
You mad, bro?
on March 8,2014 | 11:59PM
warrenkim wrote:
Yup, sounds like Muslims. Muslims want independence all over that region. They are the new fascist of the 21st century. They want a theocratic world. Just like the communist purists, they have latched onto Muslim as a vehicle for their independence, plus dominance.
on March 8,2014 | 02:22PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Just so you know, during the 1980's, Ronald Reagan supported Muslim Islamic terrorists, whom he called "freedom fighters", fighting the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, a Communist government.
on March 8,2014 | 03:02PM
warrenkim wrote:
He also supported the Contras, and other dictators in Central America.
on March 8,2014 | 03:52PM
warrenkim wrote:
Ronald Reagan could not afford to have a successful socialist economy in our backyards; it was simply too dangerous. Ronald Reagan was a charismatic actor who believed in Hollywood version of the world. I also wonder just how much Alzheimers did Ronald Reagan had during his presidency. It will be another 20-30 years before it will be stop being a taboo.
on March 8,2014 | 05:24PM
warrenkim wrote:
Indeed, in her book—published 14 years after she left the White House beat—Stahl noted that after Reagan had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she asked one of his chief advisers if Reagan had been senile when he was president. "Maybe there were symptoms," this aide told her, "though I say that in hindsight. He would come to life for the cameras. He was on/off, on/off." Several former Reaganites Stahl spoke to about Reagan's mental conditions brushed aside any suggestion of mental deterioration. "People with Alzheimer's don't take down the Soviet Union," speechwriter Peggy Noonan told Stahl. (Noonan also admitted that she had rarely seen Reagan while working for him.) But another unnamed aide said that the subsequent Alzheimer's diagnosis "explains a lot." He told Stahl: He tuned out—a lot...People didn't talk about it. People treated him with very special care. You had to explain things in elemental terms, but because he was so likable, everyone had so mush personal regard for him—everyone protected him...He was intellectually vacant, but I never felt the country was in any danger.
on March 8,2014 | 07:27PM
localguy wrote:
So how were two passports reported stolen over one year ago allowed to go right through the security lines and not get caught? Please tell me there is a system in Malaysia, in place, a master world wide data file, where all stolen passports are entered so when they are scanned they show up as "Stolen." Looks like the security personnel failed to match the photo IDs too.
on March 8,2014 | 10:11PM
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