The Belawan Immigration Office in Medan, North Sumatra, detained eight Somali refugees who attempted to cross Indonesia’s northern waters from Malaysia, an Indonesian ministry official has said.
“The navy patrol captured an unnamed ship at around 1:30 am on Friday,” the Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Agung Sampurno, said on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.
According to Agung, the captain and his crew jumped into a mangrove forest carrying the passports of eight Somali refugees who had allegedly come from Malaysia.
“The refugees were left on the boat when we seized them. They are now detained in the Belawan Immigration Office for investigation,” Agung told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.