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Remulla seeks deportation of 2 Japanese fugitives this week

January 31, 2023 Hector Lawas 199 views

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to deport at least two of the four Japanese fugitives, wanted in Japan for remotely ordering several robberies there while under detention in Manila, by the end of the week.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said one of the Japanese nationals might be deported by Wednesday, February 1, and the other may be on Friday, February 3.

“Hopefully, we can deport two by the end of this week. But for the other two, we will see how fast we can act on these matters. Because we will look at the cases pending before the different bodies in the other parts of the country,” he said.

The four Japanese are believed to be members of a syndicate behind the 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 violating Republic Act (RA) 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) but was dismissed by a court in Makati City on January 26.

On the other, Kiyoto’s alleged leader, Yuri Watanabe alias “Luffy,” is facing a separate criminal charge before the Pasay RTC (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.

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