4 Ja­panese ar­rested in In­done­sia for im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

FOUR Ja­panese men have been ar­rested in In­done­sia’s east­ern­most prov­ince of Pa­pua al­legedly for im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions dur­ing a mas­sive raid of some com­pa­nies in one of the prov­ince’s re­gen­cies, the lo­cal im­mi­gra­tion of­fice said Mon­day.

An of­fi­cial at the Tem­ba­ga­pura Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice in Mimika Regency, whose ju­ris­dic­tion cov­ers mul­ti­ple re­gen­cies in the prov­ince, said the four Ja­panese na­tion­als were among 37 for­eign­ers ar­rested dur­ing the raid in Pa­pua’s Nabire Regency from Thurs­day to Mon­day.

The four, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, work for the South Jakarta-based gold min­ing com­pany PT Nur Alam In­ter­na­tional, which ap­par­ently has a gold mine in Nabire.

The com­pany al­legedly bribed lo­cal po­lice and govern­ment of­fi­cials to rec­om­mend the Ja­panese men to the Min­istry of Man­power and the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Im­mi­gra­tion so as to fa­cil­i­tate their ap­proval for work per­mits and lim­ited stay per­mits, the of­fi­cial said.

One of the four Ja­panese men has been con­firmed as Tanaka, 53, from Tokyo. Ac­cord­ing to his doc­u­ments, copies of which were ob­tained by Kyodo News, Tanaka got his lim­ited stay per­mit on May 1 from the South Jakarta Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice and it is valid for a year. The Min­istry of Man­power is­sued a work per­mit for him on May 21 that is also valid for a year.

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