Indonesia deports Chinese, Taiwanese scam suspects

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

On Thursday, Indonesia deported 143 suspects believed to be Chinese and Taiwanese to China after they were arrested in connection with fraudulent activities.

In an update on the incident, the ministry cited information provided by Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia, saying that 18 Taiwanese were part of a total of 143 telecom fraud suspects deported to China from the Southeast Asian country, where they were recently arrested in an extensive crackdown.

Cybercrime suspects stand in line during a joint press conference of Indonesian and Chinese police at the police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday. Those arrested would immediately be taken under the custody of the Chinese police soon after they arrive at the Chinese airport.

National police spokesman Rikwanto has said the scammers operated from Indonesia to avoid being tracked down at home and earned $450 million.

According to the police, the accused used computer experts to gather information on politicians and senior Chinese officials facing legal issues, then posed as law-enforcement officials and offered to help settle the cases in exchange for money.

He said several Indonesians who helped arrange travel and accommodation were arrested in Bali though no Indonesians were victims of the scam.

Earlier on Thursday, the ministry issued a statement, expressing "serious concern" and "deep regret" over the deportation of 22 Taiwanese to China.

The Indonesian police were still detaining four people from China's Taiwan, and one Malaysian national related to the gang's operation in Indonesia.

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