In­done­sia re­turns over 140 sus­pects in big tele­com fraud

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­

In­done­sia re­turned 143 Chi­nese sus­pected of tele­com fraud to the Chi­nese po­lice in Jakarta on Thurs­day in what was con­sid­ered ma­jor progress in shared ef­forts to crack down on over­seas scams.

The sus­pects, in­clud­ing 22 from China’s Tai­wan, were handed over and de­parted from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta In­ter­na­tional Air­port on two flights, The As­so­ci­ated Press quoted In­done­sia’s im­mi­gra­tion of­fice spokesman Agung Sam­purno as say­ing.

The sus­pects, most of whom are men, were de­tained in a week­end raid of houses in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali af­ter a tip from Chi­nese of­fi­cials, lo­cal po­lice said. The op­er­a­tion made around 6 tril­lion ru­pi­ahs ($450 mil­lion) since it started at the end of 2016, AFP re­ported.

It ex­torted money from peo­ple in China em­broiled in le­gal cases, Xin­hua re­ported.

China has boosted ef­forts to bring tele­com fraud sus­pects home partly be­cause such syn­di­cates, op­er­at­ing from abroad but not tar­get­ing the host coun­try, have caused huge fi­nan­cial losses and even sui­cides by vic­tims.

China and In­done­sia signed a treaty on ex­tra­di­tion and it was ap­proved by China’s top leg­is­la­ture in 2010.

Chi­nese po­lice brought back Chi­nese tele­com fraud sus­pects from In­done­sia for the first time in 2011, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

In July 2013, they brought back 54 ex­tra­dited sus­pects from In­done­sia in a tele­com scam case in­volv­ing more than 40 mil­lion yuan ($6 mil­lion).

Chi­nese po­lice solved a to­tal of 83,000 cases of tele­com and in­ter­net fraud last year, a yearon-year in­crease of 49.6 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

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