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24 expatriates detained over alleged immigration violations, unruly behavior in North Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, May 16, 2018 | 03:08 pm
24 expatriates detained over alleged immigration violations, unruly behavior in North Jakarta Officers from the North Jakarta Immigration Office break the door of an apartment where a foreign national stays, in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on May 15. (kompas.com/Ardito Ramadhan D)

The North Jakarta Immigration Office raided on Tuesday an apartment building where 61 foreign nationals reside in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, detaining 24 of the expatriates for further investigation.

The immigration office's head of supervision, Adi Tri Nugroho, said there were indications that the 24 foreigners violated immigration laws and caused trouble to residents of the apartment building.

“Three foreigners were found with illicit substances suspected to be narcotics and they are currently being investigated by the relevant agencies,” Adi said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.

Adi said the office had also received several complaints from residents who claimed the expatriates harassed them by forcefully grabbing their cell phones and making missed calls, thereby obtaining local residents' phone numbers.

Of the 24 expatriates, 20 are Nigerian, one is Gambian, one is Ugandan, one is Senegalese and one is stateless.

Some of them could not show their travel documents while others had overstayed their residence permits, Adi said.

The foreign nationals were suspected to have been involved in cybercrime, he said. The office had confiscated their laptops and cell phones.

Adi said the expatriates would be immediately deported to their home countries.

They chose to reside in the Kelapa Gading apartment complex because of its relatively cheap rent, North Jakarta Immigration Office spokesperson Primadita said, adding that they mostly worked in the cloth-trading business. (ami)

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