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2 Japanese fugitives to be deported Tuesday

February 6, 2023 Hector Lawas 207 views

JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Monday revealed that two of the four Japanese fugitives facing robbery charges in their home country are set to be deported on Tuesday, February 7.

“Yes, we can, we will. We will. Hopefully, tomorrow (Tuesday) everybody. The worst case scenario is only two tomorrow, but we are working for everybody to be deported tomorrow,” Remulla said.

According to Remulla, a former lawmaker, the Department of Justice (DOJ) would” change plans” if things don’t unfold as expected.

“Well, we are still hoping for the full deportation already. So, we will change our plans if things would not push through as we expect, but we’re really working for a full deportation,” he said.

The Japanese goverment is seeking the immediate deportation of four of their nationals tagged in series of robberies in Japan.

One of them is Inamura Kiyoto who is the subject of a summary deportation order dated Jan. 30, 2020 due to cases of theft and robberies in his country.

He was charged with violation of Republic Act 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), but was dismissed by a court in Makati City on January 26.

On the other hand, Kiyoto’s alleged leader, Yuri Watanabe a. k. a “Luffy,” is facing a separate criminal charge before the Pasay Regional Trial Court, also for VAWC.

Luffy was also ordered for deportation for illegally entering the Philippines and charges of counterfeiting and theft in Japan.

He is believed to have remotely given instructions to those carrying out the robberies in Japan via an encrypted messaging app from an immigration facility in Manila.

Kiyoto and Luffy are being suspected as among four men detained in Manila who Japanese police have requested be deported to Japan.