Bali police capture most-wanted fugitives of Moldova, China

Denpasar, Bali : Two fugitives, originating from Russia and China, who were long hunted by Moldovan and Chinese police, have been detained by Bali Police on separate raids, an official stated during a press conference here on Wednesday.

The two fugitives reportedly were part of the Interpols most-wanted lists.

"The first suspect was a Russian national named Balmus Petru, and the second suspect named Xiao Xiaofei was from China. The two fugitives have allegedly committed fraud (in Russia and China)," Police Superintendent (AKBP) Sugeng Sudarso, Deputy of General Crimes Investigation Department stated at Bali Police Headquarter on Wednesday.

Following a request by Moldovan and Chinese governments, through the Indonesian Interpol, the Bali Police went straight to raid the fugitives, who reportedly were in the island for vacation.

According to Sudarso, the police are still awaiting the extradition requests filed by the Moldovan and Chinese governments.

Petru was detained last Monday (Jan 16) in Bali. The Russian national had entered Indonesia as a tourist. According to the police, Petru had committed a fraud in Moldova, the deputy noted.

Meanwhile, Xiaofei was captured on Sunday (Jan 21) at 1 a.m. local time in Kuta, Badung District. Xiao was suspected to have defrauded cash worth US$21.5, or Rp280 billion.

He marketed a phony financial product, which was claimed to generate 6-12 percent interest per year.

Xiao escaped from Macau last Dec and entered Indonesia through Bali on Jan 18, 2018. The Bali Police has been monitoring Xiaos activity during his stay for two days, before the raid.

On Thursday (Jan 25) at 1 a.m. local time, Bali Police will return Xiao to the Chinese Police at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Source: ANTARA News

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