JAKARTA – A 25-year-old Japanese photographer detained Thursday in the Indonesian province of Aceh for not having a travel permit was moved Saturday to neighboring Medan Province, an immigration official said.
He is expected to be deported from Indonesia in the next few days.
Tadatomo Takagi arrived in Lhokseumawe, capital of North Aceh Regency, on Wednesday but did not have a permit from the Foreign Ministry to travel to Aceh. Permits are required for foreign journalists under martial law, which was imposed in the province May 19.
“Takagi is on his way to Medan by road, escorted by the head of the Lhokseumawe immigration office. We will hand him over to the Japanese consulate in Medan for the deportation process,” said an official in the Lhokseumawe immigration office.
The official said Takagi, who had been held by the military and police since he was detained Thursday night, was transferred to the immigration office Friday night for questioning.
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