BI nabs Japanese nat’l wanted for robbery

July 21, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 144 views

IMMIGRATION authorities on Thursday morning arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted in his home country for robbery.

The Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) fugitive search unit (FSU) arrested Takeuchi Kazuo, 54, along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, following a mission order issued by BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco.

Takeuchi was tagged by the Japanese government as a fugitive from justice, and is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Sage Summary Court of Japan for robbery resulting in bodily injury and theft.

The Japanese government informed the BI of Takeuchi’s case in April 2023, after receiving information that he fled to the Philippines to evade prosecution.

Upon receipt of the information, the BI FSU immediately conducted a manhunt to locate and arrest the fugitive.

“We are in close coordination with foreign governments who provide us information about fugitives that might be attempting to hide here,” said Tansingco.

“These have resulted in numerous arrests and interceptions, through the cooperation of our counterparts,” he added.

Takeuchi faces a summary deportation order and will remain in the BI’s facility in Bicutan, Taguig, pending his deportation.