2 foreigners who allegedly impersonated military officers deported from Bali

File photo of the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Photo: Coconuts Media
File photo of the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Photo: Coconuts Media

Two foreign nationals in Bali have been deported from Indonesia for overstaying their visa, with authorities alleging that they had also committed fraud and gambled online.

“The two foreign nationals were deported because they violated the 2011 Immigration Law, and we have suggested that they should be blacklisted,” Head of the Bali office for the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Jamaruli Manihuruk, said today.

The foreigners, identified as 30-year-old EOO from Nigeria and 37-year-old SK from the Ivory Coast, were taken into custody by immigration officers from Ubud earlier this month. They were detained for several weeks at the Immigration Detention Center in Denpasar while waiting for available flights.

According to reports, the pair would impersonate military officers and demand offshore money from other foreign nationals in Bali. In addition, both EOO and SK also gambled online, which is illegal in Indonesia.

Authorities say they found proof of the pair’s online gambling on their laptops and mobile phones.

“We are calling on the people in all of Bali … to proactively monitor and report any kind of [illicit] conduct committed by foreign nationals or fellow citizens, or put them up on social media, so we can act strictly,” Jamaruli said.

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