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BI deports four Japanese fugitives wanted for theft

Four Japanese wanted for theft
The four Japanese wanted for theft in their country who were deported by BI. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported on Wednesday four Japanese nationals wanted in their home country for theft.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco expressed his commitment to continuously partner with foreign governments to ensure that the country is rid of fugitives attempting to evade justice.

He said the four Japanese were identified as Fujita Kairi, 24; Kumai Hitomi, 25; Terashima Haruma, 28 and Sato Shohei, 32. They boarded a Japan airlines flight to Narita after having been tagged as undesirable aliens by the BI.

Fujita and Kumai were arrested by operatives of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) headed by Rendel Ryan Sy on March 10 in Paranaque City. The two have standing arrest warrants issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on September 2022 for theft in violation of the Japanese Penal Code. Both were suspected to be involved in the ‘Luffy’ case that previously made headlines in Japan for committing a string of violent crimes in Tokyo.

Sy said Terashima was intercepted at the BI’s Satellite office in SM Aura, Taguig last February 28 following an attempt to extend his tourist visa. Terashima faces a similar case in Japan, after reportedly impersonating police officer and an employee of the Japan Ministry of Finance to steal ATM cards.

Sato, on the other hand, is also wanted in Japan for theft and was arrested in April 24 by FSU officers along Newport Blvd. in Pasay City

The four have been included in the BI’s blacklist of aliens, effectively barring their return to the country.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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