Police arrest 111 illegal immigrants from the Middle East
Dateline: Kupang, 21 June 2001
Date: 06/22/2001 04:00 AM
1. Illegal immigrants lying on rugs indoors
2. Tighter shot of some of the immigrants
3. Close up on one man
4. Group of immigrants talking
5. Children playing on mat
6. Women with child
7. Close up on old woman
8. SOUNDBITE (Indonesian) Wiliardi Wizard, Kupang Chief of Police
"We will give this case to Immigration and they will decide the next step for them, whether they're going to be deported or something else."
9. Immigrants outside, chatting
10. Woman at table doing interviews, paperwork
11. Wider shot of registration table
12. People gathering, doing paperwork
13. Men sitting outside, smoking
Police in southeast Indonesia have arrested 111 illegal immigrants from the Middle East who were suspected of being bound for Australia, officers said on Thursday.
The suspects, from Iraq, Iran, Algeria and Afghanistan, were detained last week on three islands in East Nusa Tenggara province, said police Lt. Col. Wiliardi Wizard in the provincial capital, Kupang.
Wizard said the group included four women, five children and one baby.
He said the group would be deported.
Wizard said authorities this year have arrested 408 illegal immigrants from the Middle East in the region, some 1,800 kilometres (1,125 miles) southeast of Jakarta.
Indonesia has become a point of entry for many immigrants hoping to reach neighboring Australia.
Many travel by boat from remote Indonesian islands to northern Australia, which has thousands of kilometres of uninhabited coastline.