According to NRK, Afghan document forgers say they take up to $1,000 to write fake threatening letters from "Taliban", which are sold to "refugees" heading for Europe.
The handwritten letters often list a number of "crimes" the holder apparently have committed.
It often states that the person concerned has worked for the Afghan security forces or for US-led forces, and he is threatened with that a military court will determine the punishment against him.
- Of the letters submitted to the European authorities, I would estimate that 99 percent of them are fake, says Afghan Mukhamil, who claims to have produced and sold 20 such letters.
Mukhamil says he downloaded Taliban's logo from the Internet and has written the letters by hand.
- Until now I have only heard of one person who has received a genuine letter from the Taliban. The rest are fakes, he says.
The market for such letters are potentially huge. Afghanistan has an unemployment rate of 24 percent, and the government expects that 160,000 people will have left the country by the end of the year.
Hazrat Gul told AP that he succeeded in getting asylum in Italy three years ago, thanks to a fake letter.
- But now it harder to use them, because everyone knows you can buy them at markets in Afghanistan, said Gul.
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