In­done­sians ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of us­ing fake travel doc­u­ments

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KUCHING: A group of 19 In­done­sians were ar­rested for al­legedly pro­duc­ing false travel doc­u­ments at Kuching In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KIA) yes­ter­day.

The 12 men and seven women have been sent to the Se­muja Im­mi­gra­tion Depo for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A press state­ment from the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment said the group was al­ready in the board­ing hall wait­ing to board a Kuala Lumpur-bound flight when ground staff sus­pected some­thing amiss with their travel doc­u­ments.

Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers called to the board­ing hall to check the au­then­tic­ity of the doc­u­ments dis­cov­ered that the en­dorse­ment let­ters, travel doc­u­ments, and board­ing passes of the 19 could not be au­then­ti­cated.

Early in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that one of the sus­pects claimed the travel doc­u­ments were pro­cessed by an In­done­sian agent, who worked with a Malaysian coun­ter­part, for 7.5 mil­lion ru­piah (RM2,373). State Im­mi­gra­tion di­rec­tor Ken Leben said the depart­ment is look­ing at the is­sue and would take stern ac­tion against the of­fender(s) or syn­di­cate be­hind the fraud.

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