Jakarta--The number of Taiwanese suspects arrested during an extensive crackdown by Indonesian police on telecommunication fraud Saturday was confirmed Sunday at 22 rather than 69, as had been previously reported by Indonesian media.
Indonesian police said at least 22 Taiwanese suspects were arrested during raids on the alleged operational bases of an international ring committing telecom fraud in several locations around the country on Saturday.
Twelve of the suspects were apprehended during raids in Surabaya, Java, instead of 59 reported earlier by local media, Indonesian National Police spokesman Rikwanto told CNA.
He also confirmed that police arrested a further 27 fraud suspects at the high-end Benoa Community on Bali Island Saturday evening. Among them, 10 are from Taiwan and the rest are all Chinese nationals, he said.
According to Rikwanto, police had been tracking the international telecom fraud ring for several months before launching the raids in Jakarta, Surabaya, Batam and Bali.
No Taiwanese suspects were arrested in the raids in Jakarta and Batam, Rikwanto went on. The police found that each member of the ring could have been receiving cash payoffs of approximately NT$45,400 (US$1,498) per month.
Agung Sampurno, spokesman for the Directorate General of Immigration, told CNA that all the suspects will be deported to their own countries after the police investigation into their alleged criminal activities is completed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel