Two foreign nationals who were arrested earlier this year in Bali for using fake PCR test results have been deported over the weekend, immigration officials confirmed.
The foreigners, DA from Russia and OM from Ukraine, were deported almost eight months after they were arrested in Karangasem regency.
“The two foreign nationals had been imprisoned in the Karangasem Prison for eight months,” Head of the Bali office for the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Jamaruli Manihuruk, said.
In March, shortly after arriving at Padangbai port from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), health officers found questionable details about the test results DA and OM presented upon arrival. The dates on the papers did not match their trip that day, and it was later confirmed that the Bali hospital named on the documents did not actually issue the test results.
DA and OM were deemed to have violated Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP) for using a forged statement and were sent to Karangasem Prison. Their deportation on Oct. 30, Jamaruli said, is because both DA and OM also violated Indonesia’s immigration law.
“The two have also violated health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. So this deportation is an enforcement of immigration laws,” Jamaruli said.