Involved in People Smuggling, 2 Indian Citizens Arrested


TPI Soekarno-Hatta Special Class I Immigration Office failed to smuggle 2 (two) Indian citizens to Australia. The suspects JS (M/24) and VK (M/26) were arrested while using fake Australian visas during the check-in process at the Garuda Indonesia counter. Previously, the suspects JS and VK managed to enter Indonesia via Ngurah Rai Airport on March 5, 2023 using a Visa on Arrival. The two suspects then flew to Jakarta and spent the night in the Serpong area on March 6 2023. The suspects JS and VK then attempted to continue their flight to Australia using a Garuda Indonesia flight for the Jakarta-Sydney route (GA 712) on March 7 2022.

“The suspects JS and VK made Indonesia a transit country with the final destination of Australia, both of them entered Indonesia via Ngurah Rai Airport, but we managed to secure them when they tried to continue their flight to Australia with the GA 712 flight for the Jakarta-Sydney route from Soekarno-Hatta Airport, besides that it is also known that the two suspects have used falsified Australian visas,” explained Muhammad Tito Andrianto, Head of the TPI Soekarno-Hatta Special Class I Immigration Office.

The suspects JS and VK did not work alone, both were controlled from India by another suspect with the initials AL. The AL suspect is the mastermind of a syndicate who has two assistants in Indonesia with the initials SS (Indian citizen) and YG (Indonesian citizen). The duties of the suspects SS and YG are to provide accommodation for JS and VK while in Indonesia including hotels, tickets and transportation.

“This is a human smuggling syndicate involving suspects in India, Indonesia and Australia, for the purposes of deepening and developing cases, currently Immigration has detained JS, VK and SS, we are also immediately coordinating with Indian and Australian authorities to process the pursuit of suspects. others,” said Silmy Karim, Director General of Immigration.

For their actions, the suspects can be charged with Article 120 paragraph (1) or paragraph (2) of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 6 of 2011 concerning Immigration, with the threat of imprisonment for a minimum of 5 (five) years and a maximum of 15 (fifteen) years and a fine a minimum fine of Rp. 500,000,000.00 (five hundred million rupiahs) and a maximum of Rp. 1,500,000,000.00 (one billion five hundred million rupiahs).

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