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BI nabs two more suspects in controversial Japanese ‘Luffy’ case

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THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of two more suspects in the Japanese ‘Luffy’ case.

According to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, the arrest of the duo was conducted last March 10, 2023 in BF Homes, Paranaque City, by operatives of the BI’s Fugitive search unit (FSU) under its chief, Rendel Ryan Sy.

Tansingco said that the bureau received information from Japanese authorities that the two have standing warrants of arrest issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on September 2022 for Theft in violation of the Japanese Penal Code.

Sy identified the Japanese nationals as Fujita Kari, 24 and Kumai Hitomi, 25 and said: “This is a major breakthrough in the case, as we have finally arrested more suspects involved in this major case in Japan,” said Tansingco. “They will finally be facing their crimes in their homeland.”

The case made headlines in the past month after a gang with a leader only known as ‘Luffy’ committed a string of violent crimes in Tokyo. Their supposed leader, Yuki Watanabe, was deported last February 8, 2023.

Both Fujita and Kumai have been tagged by the BI as undesirable aliens and have been transferred to the BI facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending their deportation.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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