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Saudi Authorities Release 34 Indonesian Citizens Who Use Fake Haj Visas

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Jakarta, IO – Saudi Arabian authorities released without a fine 34 Indonesian citizens from Makassar who went on a haj (pilgrimage) using fake permits and visas.

Indonesian Consul General Yusron B Ambarie said that dozens of fake haj visa users have been deported to Indonesia on Qatar Airways flights on Monday (3/6) and arrived in Jakarta at 9.30pm WIB.

Yusron said the decision was at the discretion of the Saudi Arabian authorities. However, he revealed that three haj coordinators from Indonesia – identified by their initials SJ, SY and MA – who were alleged to facilitate the illegal trip are still being detained by the local authorities and will be referred to the public prosecution, per Kompas, Friday (7/6).

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Previously on Saturday (1/6), a total of 16 women and 21 men from Indonesia were arrested by Saudi Arabian authorities in Medina. They were found using forged travel documents to enter Saudi Arabia to perform haj.

“The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah is providing legal assistance and translation service for them,” said Yusron. (un)

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