8 Taiwanese fraud suspects remain detained in Indonesia

Jakarta, Eight Taiwanese suspects in a cross-border fraud ring recently busted by the Indonesian authorities remained detained on the island of Bali Friday, while 55 other Chinese ring members were returned to China that same day, according to Indonesian police.

The eight Taiwanese suspects are members of a telecom fraud ring composed of 55 Chinese, eight Taiwanese, four Indonesians and one Malaysian, who were tracked down by Indonesian law enforcement officials at four locations in Bali Jan. 11 and accused of swindling money out of people in Taiwan and China.

The Taiwanese suspects are being held at a detention center in Bali rather than being sent to China along with the 55 Chinese suspects, Bali immigration chief Ari Budijanto told CNA over the phone.

According to Ari, the 55 Chinese have been blacklisted by Indonesia and deported to Tianjin in China.

Taiwan's representative office in Jakarta was reported to be in talks with the Indonesian authorities, in the hope that the eight men can be sent back to Taiwan.

It will not be the first time that Indonesia has deported Taiwanese suspects to Taiwan rather than to China.

In August last year, four Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects were deported to Taiwan by Indonesia on charges of breaking the country's immigration laws. They were among a total of 143 suspects from Taiwan and China nabbed by Indonesian police in separate raids in Jakarta, Surabay, Badan and Bali earlier that same year.

Source: Fucus Taiwan