48 foreigners arrested for visa violations in Jimbaran had allegedly been running gambling operation

More information surrounding the arrest of 48 foreign nationals by Ngurah Rai Immigration officers on Thursday has now been made public. 

Tribun Bali has clarified from its previous reporting that 47 of the people are from China while one is a Taiwanese citizen and they were taken into custody for allegedly conducting online gambling. 

Of the people arrested at Villa Bali Resident, Jl. Goa Gong in Jimbaran on Thursday, 13 are women and 35 men. 

“I’m sure they do not just operate in Indonesia, but also in other countries,” Tieldwight Sabaru from immigration said, as quoted by Kompas. 

Sabaru also said that at the time of the arrest, some tried to escape, but were unsuccessful thanks to the alertness of the officers—and one even apparently injured their foot from jumping from a seven-meter fence. 

According to reports, most of the 48 foreigners did not correctly complete the immigration process and were misusing tourist visas. 

“During the arrest, the examination discovered a variety of communications devices in one room, such as portable computers, modems, mobile phones, and other ancillary equipment for the operation of online gambling. Most of the equipment was taken from their home country. They arrived in Bali not at the same time, they set out on their own,” Sabaru explained.

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