The Jakarta Post
Immigration officers arrested three Chinese nationals, allegedly caught begging in tourist areas in Bali, for violating their tourist visas, an official said on Friday.
The three Chinese men identified as Chen Kexin (59), Xuanhai (54) and Huang Jingzhong (55) were arrested separately last week in Legian and Kuta. The three men dressed as Buddhist monks as they begged, Ngurah Rai International Airport immigration office chief Yosep HA Renung Widodo said in a press conference on Friday, adding that the three men knew each other and plotted to act as beggars for money.
"Apparently, they have wives. We know that monks would not have wives. So, it means that they are only acting," Yosep said adding that one of the wives had also been arrested without giving further details.
From their passports, officials found that the three men entered Indonesia through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, in July.
"They entered Indonesia using tourist visas that were issued upon their arrival. So they have violated the Immigration Law," he added.
The officers also found counterfeit Chinese currency on one of the men. The officers seized 700 RMB (US$ 105) in fake currency from Huang, which might have been used during their stay in Indonesia.
The immigration office has reported the alleged counterfeit money to police for further legal processing. Meanwhile, the two other men would be charged with visa violations and would soon be deported back to their home country and blacklisted from entering Indonesia again.
The three men were among the 41 foreign nationals from China, Ghana, India, the UK, South Korea and Poland arrested by Ngurah Rai immigration officials for various offenses during 15 days of monitoring foreigners, Yosep said. (rin)
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