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Bali Authorities Make More Arrests At Gilimanuk Port Over Fraudulent Covid Documents

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    Two bus drivers have been arrested by the Jembrana police department for attempting to sell fake rapid antigen test documents to their passengers.

The Head of the Jembrana Criminal Investigation Bureau, AKP Muhammad Reza confirmed that two men, Heri Kusnandar and Yusron Amirulloh who have been working as bus drivers were arrested for attempting to sell fake Covid-19 test documents to passengers in order to gain access to the island through Gilimanuk Port in Jembrana. He explained that the suspects managed to provide rapid antigen test documents without conducting any test prior to their departure.

Gilimanuk port

  “All their passengers were not properly tested, they were instructed to remain in their seats while the drivers took care of all the documents.” AKP Reza said on Monday (30/8). An investigation about this case began when the bus arrived at Gilimanuk Port, carrying 31 passengers. The police began to feel suspicious when they tried to check the validation of their documents by scanning them with a special device upon their arrival.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

 “These two busses planned to carry their passengers from Cianjur, West Java to Jembrana. But when we checked their documents, the barcode wasn’t linked with the clinic that was shown on the title.” AKP Reza added. After interrogating both drivers and passengers, they finally admitted that they sold fake documents to the passengers for USD 7 (IDR 100,000). During the interrogation, both suspects admitted that they received the documents from a man named Agus who was already arrested by the police in Banyuwangi. “They bought the documents for USD 4 (IDR 60,000) per document from another suspect named Agus who has already been detained by authorities from the Banyuwangi police department in East Java.” AKP Reza concluded.

cars waiting for ferry at gilimanuk port

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Wayan Bo

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Was expected.