The North Sumatra Police arrested 47 foreign nationals from China, South Korea and Taiwan on Thursday at a luxurious home in Medan, North Sumatra. The arrests were made on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The individuals were allegedly members of an international cyber crime network.
“Today we arrested 11 Taiwanese nationals and last night we managed to catch 36 Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese nationals,” North Sumatra Police special crime director Sr. Comr. Sadono Budi Nugroho said on Thursday at his office. The 47 people’s ages ranged from 20 – 35 years old, 16 were women.
Sadono said that during the first raid, 11 people managed to escape but they came back the next morning—when the police detained them. The house was used as their base camp.
According to Sadono, the police had monitored their activities for two months after a tip-off regarding suspicious activities by the National Police’s detective unit.
During the arrests, the police also confiscated dozens of cell phones, satellite phones and computers.
Sadono said that the 47 foreigners were wanted in their respective countries for cyber crime.
“We will hand them over to the National Police,” he said.
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