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Two Japanese members of crime ring deported by BI

Toshiya Fujita and Kiyoto Imamura
Toshiya Fujita (left) and Kiyoto Imamura (right) - DOJ Photo

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) effected the deportation of two Japanese nationals suspected of being members of a crime ring that had been tagged in violent robberies in Japan.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared that Fujita Toshiya and Imamura Kiyoto, both 38, have been deported on board a Japan Airlines to Tokyo and that maximum security to ensure smooth deportation of the high profile criminals have been put in place by the bureau.

Fujita was apprehended by the BI Fugitive Search Unit under its chief, Rendel Ryan Sy. at Barangay Anilao Proper in Mabini, Batangas last February 21, 2021. Fujita had been tagged by Japanese authorities as a senior member of an organized fraud group involved in phone scam and as such, an arrest warrant was reportedly issued against him in Tokyo.

On the other hand, Sy reported that Imamura was arrested a day after Christmas in 2019, after attempting to depart at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, via a Cebu Pacific flight bound for Macau. He reportedly faces a warrant of arrest in his country for theft.

Both Japanese faced a local case in the Philippines which was subsequently dismissed and duo were deported for violation of terms and conditions of their visa for being fugitives, as well as being risks to public interest.

“While the identity of “Luffy” is not yet confirmed, we are working with the Department of Justice and the Japanese authorities to be able to expedite the deportation to give more clarity to this case,” said Tansingco.

The two other key suspects remain in the BI’s facility in Bicutan pending the resolution of their local cases. They will immediately deported once we receive confirmation that their cases has been resolved.

“The arrest and deportation of these fugitives is a huge win for the Philippine government, as we will not rest until these international criminals are sent back and banned from our country,” said Tansingco.

Fujita and Imamura have been tagged by the Japanese government as fugitives from justice, after warrants were issued against them.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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