Immigration officials in Bali nab four ‘illegal’ Australians in Visa crackdown

November 28, 2014 7:21PM

Dream office … Australians working illegally in Bali are in the crosshairs of a crackdown by authorities. Source: ThinkStock
IMMIGRATION authorities in Bali are cracking down on foreigners working there without the appropriate visas and have nabbed four Australians, including one man who is due to be deported tonight to Australia.

The Australians are among 11 foreigners nabbed by the Ngurah rai Immigration office this week during a two-day special operation.

The number of foreigners deported from Bali for visa violations has almost doubled this year compared to last year and authorities have vowed to continue their crackdown.

Three of the four Australians were found teaching in English language schools after entering Indonesia on tourist visas while the fourth was working at a hotel.

One of them, 65-year-old former psychiatrist John Peter Domenic Rigano is due to be deported tonight to Australia. After he was found working in a Jimbaran English school while on a tourist visa he was questioned by authorities and it emerged that he had a criminal record in Australia for child sexual abuse of a patient.

He was sentenced to three and a half years jail, suspended after nine months, in 2009 and lost his medical licence.

Rigano is due to be deported on a flight from Bali, arriving in Brisbane on Saturday morning.

He was detained by Immigration authorities on November 11 after they checked for foreigners working at the English Now English language course in Jimbaran and was found to be teaching on a tourist visa. Staff had told authorities he was a volunteer.

“He confessed that he had several times committed sexual abuse of children. And he was arrested after he conducted sexual violence to a disabled child in Australia,” Mohamad Soleh, from Ngurah rai Immigration office said.

“As he has a bad criminal record and for safety and security reasons, we have arrested him in immigration detention centre until the time we deport him,” Mr Soleh said.

“If he is not detained, we are worried that he can commit other (crimes) in Indonesia.”

He will also be placed on the black list and banned from entering Indonesia for at least six months.

So far Immigration authorities are continuing to investigate the cases and have not detained the three women but have seized passports and documents.

Along with the Australians, authorities arrested two Americans, one Brit, one Japanese, and four Norwegians.

The operation comes after an earlier operation in which five Turkish citizens were found to be working as pre-wedding photographers while using tourist visas. They are expected to be deported.

Head of the Bali Justice and Human Rights Ministry, Gusti Kompiang Adnyana, said the operation to monitor foreigners’ activity in Bali will continue.

So far in 2014, Immigration has deported 121 foreigners from Bali, mostly for visa violations, compared to 70 last year.

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