A Canadian court convicted a French-Chinese citizen of smuggling an Iranian brother and sister using forged Israeli passports, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
Mikael Jim Prone was arrested in Vancouver in November carrying two Israeli passports bearing the names Noa Schwartz and Tomer Mor. He had arrived on the same Air China flight as an Iranian brother and sister who entered the country on the false passports and then claimed refugee status.
A Canada Border Services Agency investigator found their forged documents in Prone’s backpack.
At his trial Prone claimed not to know about the Israeli passports in his bag, but admitted he knew the two Iranians.
The maximum sentence in Canada for human smuggling is a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of $500,000.