BI announces arrest of Japanese fugitive

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a Japanese fugitive who disappeared five years ago after he was arrested and granted bail by the bureau, it was learned yesterday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. ordered the deportation of Toshiharu Mitsui, 60, who was arrested after he surrendered to the BI intelligence division at the bureau’s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila last Nov. 25.

David said Toshiharu will be sent to Japan immediately as he was already issued a summary deportation order by the BI board of commissioners issued against him in 2002 when he was arrested by immigration agents.

Toshiharu reportedly jumped bail after he was provisionally released from detention in 2005 while undergoing deportation proceedings at the BI.

BI Intelligence chief Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang disclosed that the Japanese is wanted by authorities in his country for manufacturing and possessing counterfeit currency.

Citing a report from the Japanese embassy, Mangrobang said Toshiharu was indicted for producing 300 pieces of fake 10,000 Japanese yen notes at his home in Hiratuka City, Kanagawa, Japan in June 2000.

Toshiharu manufactured the fake money by allegedly scanning both sides of a genuine 10,000 yen note and storing the photo files on the hard disk of his computer before printing them on paper.

A warrant for Toshiharu’s arrest was issued last June 17 by the Atsugi summary court in Kanagawa prefecture, the same court that issued a warrant against him on September 29, 2000 which prompted him to flee to the Philippines.

Lawyer Arvin Santos, chief of Law and Investigation Division (LID) added that Toshiharu has been illegally staying as an undocumented alien in the country since February 2006 when his Japanese passport expired.

Santos said that a team of Japanese policemen will fetch the fugitive in Manila and escort him back to Japan.

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