Japanese fugitive nabbed in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents have arrested a Japanese national who is wanted by the police in his country for large-scale fraud.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. identified the fugitive as 45-year-old Ryuchi Ohira, who is now detained at bureau’s jail in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings.

Armed with a mission order signed by David, operatives of the BI fugitive search unit arrested Ohira last Nov. 21 at a house along Dr. J. Garbriel St. in Baclaran, ParañaqueCity.

David said he ordered Ohira’s arrest upon the request of the Japanese embassy in Manila who sought the bureau’s help in locating and deporting the fugitive.

He added that the Japanese will be deported as soon as the BI board of commissioners issue the order for his expulsion.

Lawyer Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, said Ohira is wanted to stand trial before district court in Kofu, Japan where he was charged with fraud and falsification of sealed private document.

The case stemmed from an incident on July 22, 2005 in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan when Ohira allegedly withdrew 500,000 yen from the postal savings account of another Japanese by falsifying the withdrawal slip and signature of the depositor.

Mangrobang said Ohira has been on the wanted list of the Japanese police since September last year when the said court issued a warrant for his arrest.

She added that Ohira is an undocumented alien since his Japanese passport was already expired last Jan. 4.

A check of the bureau’s records revealed that the fugitive has been hiding in the country since Oct. 29 when he arrived in Manila after fleeing Japan to evade prosecution.

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