Indonesia deports Japanese fugitive accused of Covid relief fraud

Japanese fugitive Mitsuhiro Taniguchi is escorted by Indonesian immigration officials before being deported in Jakarta, Indonesia, today. – EPA pic, June 22, 2022.

INDONESIA today deported a fugitive accused of masterminding a lucrative scheme in his native Japan to defraud a government fund offering Covid-19 relief subsidies, officials said.

Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, 47, appeared before reporters at an immigration office in the capital of Jakarta and was flown back to Tokyo on an early morning Japan Airlines flight following his arrest this month.

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