By: Jay Chou and Elizabeth Hsu
Jakarta, Dec. 16 (CNA) Indonesian immigration authorities deported 49 Taiwanese nationals Wednesday on suspicion of cybercrime and other violations of Indonesia’s law.
The 49 suspects — 17 women and 32 men — were believed to have been working as middlemen in an online fraud ring, said Heru Santoso, a spokesman for the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration.
He said 19 other Taiwanese, along with eight Chinese and one Indonesian, have been detained on suspicion of violating Indonesia’s regulations on cyber activities.
Jakarta police, meanwhile, have vowed to crack down on illegal activities by foreign nationals, including Taiwanese, in Indonesia.
They said an increasing number of Taiwanese and Chinese are entering Indonesia on tourist visas to engage in criminal activities.
In a joint operation, Taiwanese, Indonesian and Chinese police recently busted a cross-border fraud ring, arresting 82 Taiwanese suspects, among others, and seizing US$808,000 in cash. [FULL STORY]