Three for­eign­ers ap­pre­hended in Lom­bok

The Jakarta Post - - ARCHIPELAGO -

MATARAM: The Im­mi­gra­tion of­fice of Mataram and West Nusa Teng­gara (NTB) Po­lice on Thurs­day ap­pre­hended three for­eign­ers al­leged to have run tourism re­lated busi­nesses with­out a per­mit.

The three for­eign na­tion­als are a Span­ish man ini­tialed AJA, 53, and a Span­ish woman ini­tialed IRU, 34, who were ap­pre­hended in Gili Air, North Lom­bok, while an Aus­tralian man ini­tialed JWP, 71, was ap­pre­hended in the Seng­gigi area, West Lom­bok.

“They are sus­pected to have run a room rental busi­ness in tourist hotspots,” Mon­i­tor­ing and En­force­ment Unit head at the Mataram Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice Ramd­hani Soe­harto said in Mataram on Fri­day.

The two Span­ish na­tion­als were al­leged to have run a bun­ga­low busi­ness serv­ing only for­eign tourists in the fa­mous Gili Air Is­land in North Lom­bok. They of­fered rooms at the bun­ga­low for Rp 700,000 (US$52) to Rp 1.5 mil­lion per night. How­ever, the two en­tered In­done­sia us­ing tourist visas.

Mean­while, JWP who holds Ki­tas for the el­derly, was ap­pre­hended as he al­legedly of­fered sev­eral rooms in his rented house in the fa­mous area of Seng­gigi beach with a tar­iff of Rp 300,000 per night.

“Their visas and Ki­tas are still valid, how­ever they prof­ited from their busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, which is il­le­gal be­cause it vi­o­lates im­mi­gra­tion rules, in­clud­ing per­mit abuse,” he said. — JP

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