Two Iranians on board MH370 entered Malaysia legitimately, says Home Minister

KUALA LUMPUR - The two Iranians who were on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 came into Malaysia using legitimate Italian and Austrian passports they had obtained in Phuket, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Parliament on Monday.

"The travelled from Teheran to Doha to Phuket on their own passports, after which they obtained the Italian and Austrian passports and entered Malaysia," Mr Zahid said.

He also said police had questioned two immigration officers who had processed the two Iranians' entry into the country in addition to the two officers who stamped their passports before they left on MH370, Malaysian Insider reported.

He said details of the investigations would be revealed later.

The minister was replying to a question on whether the two Iranians had entered the country as foreign students.

Police identified the Iranians as Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza, 29, and Pouri Nour Mohammadi, 19.

However, Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble had said on the missing Malaysian Airlines jet: "The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident".

Earlier, the minister, in responding to another question on the influx of foreign students in the country and their involvement in crime, had agreed that that was the case.

He said the most problematic foreign students were those from Nigeria, adding that they were not only a problem in Malaysia but also in neigbouring countries where they were involved in underworld activities in Thailand and Japan.