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Swede caught with 31 passports in microwave

A 71-year-old Swede was arrested at the airport in Athens for trying to smuggle 31 stolen passports in a microwave oven.

Daily tabloid Expressen found the story in the Greek-language version of online news site the Huffington Post. Police believe that the passports were meant for refugees on their way to the EU.

"the Greek authorities have decided that he should be deported," said Katarina Byrenius Roslund from the Swedish Foreign Ministry speaking with Expressen.

Tuesday night, the 71-year-old man, who is a resident of central Sweden of Iraqi origin, was traveling from Athens to Instanbul. The man carried the microwave in his luggage. Airport security noticed the microwave when the baggage was run through security controls and on inspection they found the passports. The police arrested the man before he boarded his airplane.

Greek authorities do not believe the man has any connections to IS. Many of the passports had been reported as stolen. The Huffington Post reported that five were French, two Swedis, two Belgian, three Egyptian, two British, two Dutch, four Spanish, two Brazilian, and one each from Israel, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Venezuela, Austria, Hungary, Latvia, and Estonia.

"Law enforcement authorities in Greece have decided to deport him but when deportation will happen is not clear yet," said Roslund from the Foreign Ministry.

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