Malaysians and Others Detained in Bali for Visa Fraud and Cybercrime

Source: SAYS

Detained Foreign Nationals in Tabanan

Indonesian authorities have detained 103 foreign nationals, including Malaysians, in Bali for suspected visa violations and involvement in cybercrime. The arrests occurred during a surprise inspection on Wednesday, June 26.

Details of the Raid

According to Tabanan police spokesperson Iptu I Gusti Made Berata, the raid took place at Villa Haty Indah in Banjar Batan Wani, Kukuh Village, Marga district, Tabanan Regency, as part of the Bali Becik Surveillance operation. During the raid, authorities discovered 2,500 mobile phones and hundreds of computers.

Nationalities Involved

Among those detained, 14 were Taiwanese citizens, while the remaining 89 were from China and Malaysia, as reported by Bali Post.

Photos and Detention

Photos released by Indonesian authorities show the detained individuals lying on their stomachs outside the villa, adjacent to a swimming pool. They are currently held at a detention center in Denpasar, Bali.

Allegations and Investigation

Authorities suspect the detainees lacked proper documents and misused immigration permits. The discovery of numerous computers and cellphones has prompted investigations into possible cybercrime activities.

Routine Inspections and Future Plans

Surprise inspections and raids are now routine across Indonesia to combat crimes involving foreign nationals. Authorities plan further operations to monitor compliance with immigration regulations on Bali and ensure public order and security.

Cybersecurity Concerns

The raid coincides with recent cybersecurity challenges faced by Indonesian agencies, following a cyberattack on the country’s data centers affecting over 40 government entities, as reported by the Associated Press.

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