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French tourists admit to coverage in Papua

29th August 2014 | 2.173 Views
French tourists admit to coverage in Papua
Photo document of immigration officer checking, monitoring and enforcement passport. (ANTARA/Aswaddy Hamid)
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Two tourists from France, who have been detained in Jayapura immigration office, Papua, confessed to have taken coverage while staying in Papua, head of Immigration in Jayapura, Gardu Tampubolon said here on Friday.

The tourists, who have claimed to be French television journalists, Arte TV, have admitted that during their stay in Jayapura and Wamena, Jayawijaya District, they had been taking journalism coverage and met with a separatist group, Tampubolon stated.

He explained that the suspects--Thomas Charles Dadoin (40) and Louise Marie Valentine Bourrat (29) had been arrested by Wamena police on Wednesday (August 6) due to violation of residence permit, as they had entered Indonesia with tourist visa.

Therefore, both have violated Immigration Law No. 6 /2011 article 122 on the abuse of residence permit.

The immigration officers are still conducting an intensive investigation in order to complete their filing, which is only 40 percent complete, Tampubolon said.

He noted that the immigration office had not met a request from their lawyers to render the two suspects into town custody.

"We have not carried out the request from Todung Mulya Lubis lawyer team, because we are still coordinating with various parties, including Papua Police Office," Tambubolon said.

He added that, earlier, the suspects had been taken to Papua Police Office, but as the prisons were full, they were returned to the Jayapura immigration office.

Valentine Bourrat was found to possess two passports, one being a service passport that she had used during her duty in Israel.
(T.KR-LWA/INE/KR-BSR/A014)