Interpol has released the names of two Iranians who were travelling on stolen passports aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, saying they were “probably not terrorists.” Addressing a press conference in the French city of Lyon, Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble gave the men’s names as Pouri Nourmohammadi, 18, and Delavar Seyedmohammadreza, 29.
The men first used their Iranian passports to travel from Doha to Kuala Lumpur, and then boarded the Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 using stolen Austrian and Italian passports, he said.
Malaysian police earlier named the man travelling on the Austrian passport as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19. Interpol gave his birthday as April 30, 1995.
Speculation over a possible terrorist attack and lax security by airlines was waning “as the belief becomes more certain that these two individuals were probably not terrorists” but “might just be people being smuggled or trafficked” Mr Noble said.