Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The Ngurah Rai Immigration Office in Bali arrested an Interpol fugitive from Russia for being involved in fraud cases and criminal organizations in that country.

"We will hand over the case to the Bali Police General Criminal Investigation Directorate for further mechanisms," Sugito, head of Ngurah Rai Immigration, noted in Denpasar, Bali, on Friday.

The arrest of the Russian fugitive, with the initials PM, was based on a request from Interpol through the National Central Bureau (NCB) International Relations Division at the National Police Headquarters.

According to Sugito, the 32-year-old fugitive was listed on the Interpol Red Diffusion (IRD) and was suspected of being involved in a criminal case since January 13.

The National Police Headquarters sent a letter requesting assistance to help find and arrest PM on August 15, he remarked.

PM was arrested by the Ngurah Rai Immigration Intelligence and Enforcement Team (Inteldakim) on August 31, and immediately interrogated on the same day, Sugito revealed.

He stated that based on the initial inspection, PM has a residence permit that is valid until September 5, 2023.

However, the Immigration did not divulge details regarding PM's period of stay in Indonesia and the type of visa that he used.

Based on the Ngurah Rai Immigration investigation, PM received remittances amounting to US$3,000-4,000 per month from his family in Russia to meet his daily needs.

"This arrest is a form of good synergy between the NCB Interpol National Police Headquarters and the Directorate General of Immigration under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights," Sugito stated.

According to the Interpol website, IRD is a request by state authorities to all member states or several other Interpol member states via Interpol channels to arrest, detain, or restrict the movement of a person convicted or accused.

The follow-up of this case will be determined by the National Police Headquarters' International Relations Division through the Bali Police, he noted.

As a world tourist destination, Bali Immigration often deals with foreign nationals, who violate residence permits, bypass residence permits, conduct criminal acts, and violate norms and legal regulations in Indonesia that leads to deportation.

The Bali Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, as of August 30, recorded that 213 foreigners from 45 countries had been deported, with the largest number coming from Russia, with 59 people; the United States, 14 people; the United Kingdom, 13 people; Australia, 12 people; and Nigeria, nine people.

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