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Jakarta Post

22 Afghans arrested in North Sumatra

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 30 2009   /  10:34 am

Twenty-two allegedly illegal Afghan immigrants were arrested on a bus heading to Jakarta, in Asahan regency, North Sumatra, on Thursday afternoon. Separately, 15 illegal Afghan immigrants were found dead in waters near Halang Island, Riau, on Friday afternoon after their boat capsized. Asahan military district commander Lt. Col. Roosdi Soelihartojo said Friday the 22 arrested immigrants would be immediately transferred to the Belawan Immigration Office in Medan, North Sumatra. The Afghans, he said, had entered Indonesia at 4 a.m. through Tanjung Balai Port in Asahan, allegedly from Malaysia, using a motorboat. He said the 22 male immigrants had stayed in Malaysia for several days before leaving for Asahan. He alleged that Malaysian government officers took the Afghan men out to the open sea and transferred them to an Indonesian fishing boat that had been organize...