Maria Ozawa wants Indonesian immigration officers punished over Bali selfie scandal: friend

Barbie Nouva with her friend, Japanese adult star Maria Ozawa. Photo: Instagram/@maria.ozawa
Barbie Nouva with her friend, Japanese adult star Maria Ozawa. Photo: Instagram/@maria.ozawa

The drama over Maria Ozawa’s run-in with Bali immigration officers last week might not be over yet.

According to Ozawa’s friend Barbie Nouva, whose birthday party was the main reason the former adult film actress was in Bali last week, Ozawa is still very upset about what transpired and still wants the alleged culprits to apologize or, barring that, punished.

“Essentially, she (Ozawa) wants those people to apologize. It’s not difficult. She’s not an evil person. She only has problems with the culprits,” Barbie Nouva said, as quoted by Tempo.

Barbie said the immigration officials in question should apologize straight to the Japanese embassy as it had now become a controversy between the two countries.

“She wants them to be punished, because she doesn’t want Indonesia getting a bad rep. She loves Indonesia and has many Indonesian friends.”

According to an Instagram post by Ozawa about the incident posted last Wednesday, she was asked for a selfie by some immigration officers after she was questioned over possible visa violation for several hours, implying that the questioning was a ruse just so the officers could get a selfie with her

Indonesian Immigration had denied the allegations that it was just a selfie set-up and claims that their examination of the 32-year-old was just them following standard operating procedures. Teodorus Simarmata, a spokesman for the directorate general of immigration, said their position was that there was no formal accusation or evidence, so it didn’t happen.

Immigration officials claimed they wanted to check if the mature audience entertainer was coming to do a tour or any kind of business-related activity — which would violate her tourist visa — but she was found to have zero violations, the spokesman stressed.

Officials escorted Ozawa out of the party on Nov. 6, and brought her in for nearly three hours of questioning at the Denpasar Immigration Office. That was all in line with SOP, according to Teodorus.

“In accordance with standard procedure, after conducting the supervision, officers introduced themselves and asked for documents. After the documents were given, the officers stated that Maria Ozawa should make an official report at the office. But because Maria Ozawa was catching a flight home that day, she forced immigration officers to complete it that night too,” he said.

“After the examination was completed, she was released by the Denpasar Immigration Officer to continue her plans or go home. That’s the chronology,” he added.

Ozawa has certainly been left with a bitter taste in her mouth after the whole experience.

“This is so wrong in so many ways .. I’m glad I’m well known but this country needs to change, these people are erasing the ‘good’ people out there,” she wrote on her Instagram.

“Stop harassing me every time I visit Indonesia .. Clearly I need more privacy. Wake up Indonesia I know you guys are better.”

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