Venezuela- Reports issued by Western security and intelligence sources have stated that a number of people belonging to Iranian groups and the Lebanese Hezbollah, with suspected links to terrorism, are moving freely in the United States and Latin America using Latin passports like the Venezuelan and Ecuadoran ones.
According to these reports, the intelligence services in Canada and Bulgaria have recently spotted the movements of citizens of Arab origin, especially those belonging to Hezbollah as well as Iranian agents carrying original Venezuelan passports in order to move within a number of countries, especially United States, Canada, and South America.
The former Venezuelan Minister of Interior, Anthony Dakin, currently in the United States, indicated that Venezuela has become a hub for granting passports for Iranian groups and members of Hezbollah, in order to facilitate their travel.
Antony Dakin told the media that Caracas has contracted with Cuban companies to issue mechanized and biometric passports. The information Dakin leaked reveals the volume of trade carried out by a small country like Cuba to transfer the technique of producing mechanized passports in Latin America. He added that Havana has signed contracts with other countries, such as Argentina and Ecuador, which provides it with data of around 80 million citizens. These contracts allow Havana to issue identification papers without forgery and by using other people’s data.
Furthermore, Dakin cast his doubts to the media that people from Iran and other countries, have been using Venezuelan passports for more than 10 years now.