Two minibus drivers have been arrested after attempting to use fake Covid-19 test and vaccine documents for their passengers at the Gilimanuk Port.
The Head of the Jembrana Police Department, AKBP I Ketut Gede Adi Wibawa confirmed that the two suspects who have been identified as a 28-year-old man named Supriadi Holifin from Jember and a 28-year-old man named Abdul Halim from Pamekasan, East Java have been arrested at the Gilimanuk Port for showing fake negative rapid antigen tests and Covid-19 vaccine documents in order to gain access to take a ferry from Bali to Java while transporting their passengers.
“The first suspect, Supriadi was arrested on Tuesday morning (17/8) around 7:15am, while Abdul was arrested the day after on Wednesday (18/8) during their attempt to transport their passengers to Java through Gilimanuk Port.” AKBP Wibawa said. Prior to the arrest, officers at Gilimanuk Port became suspicious when they checked the documents of the suspects passengers as the identity on both vaccine certificates and rapid antigen tests did not match their ID. “During the interrogation, their passengers finally admitted that they bought the fake documents from the drivers as it was included in their price.” AKBP Wibawa added.
Supriadi was arrested when he attempted to transport 3 people with his vehicle, while Abdul was transporting 7 people on his bus. “This is the new way of tricking officers as we haven’t seen this case before. So they used vaccine and rapid test antigen documents from other people who had used this document during their trip. Both drivers said that was their first attempt, but our investigation is still underway.” AKBP Wibawa concluded. Both suspects have been detained and will potentially face 6 years of imprisonment for what they have done.
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