| Aziz Idris |
A FOREIGN fugitive was arrested recently by the Law Enforcement Division of the Immigration and National Registration Department (JIPK) in a recent operation after fleeing from a targeted house using a public bus as the ‘getaway’ vehicle.
The foreign male, believed to be staying illegally in the country at a rented house in Mukim Kianggeh, had managed to escape the law in two previous raids. With help from members of the public, the suspect was detained while trying to flee by boarding a bus near Tasek Lama heading towards Berakas.
Enforcement personnel revealed that the foreigner, who was carrying his passport which had expired for 393 days, was in custody.
The operation dubbed as “Ops Kikis JIPK 82” also saw another foreign male arrested.
He had tried to flee by jumping out of a first floor bedroom window. He was arrested not far from the targeted house and was found without any valid document. The individual is also currently in custody.
Both foreigners will serve imprisonment, deportation and be blacklisted if found guilty by the Magistrate’s Court.
Meanwhile, a foreign female, believed to be a runaway worker, was also apprehended. Her current working pass has been revoked and she will be deported back to her home country.
According to JIPK, the operation comprised 10 officers led by an Immigration Head Officer. It was carried out at one targeted house and rented room in Mukim Kianggeh.
The operation is one of the ongoing efforts by JIPK to curb foreigners from remaining illegally in the Sultanate without proper documentation. JIPK also reminded the public not to deal with unauthorised individual posing as agents conducting bogus activities involving foreign workers.
The department encourages the public to contact its hotline at 8753888 or 8734888 for any information of suspicious activity.