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Police in Bali Nab 2 Iranians Posing as Local Cops and Fleecing Foreign Tours

Two Iranian men are in police custody in Bali charged with impersonating Indonesian police officers and extorting money from a Chinese tourist visiting Bali.

Shiraziniya Azad (53) and Shirazi Nia Hossein (41) are accused of taking money from a Chinese tourists who was walking in the Kuta area of Bali, while the two men posed as anti-narcotics office in pursuit of a drug trafficker.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, the two Iranians posing as police stopped Chinese national Long Zhiong (46) walking on Jalan Patih Jelantik Kuta and accused him of having drugs in his possession.

Police say the two men jumped out of a car while passing the Chinese tourist and searched the man, including putting their hands in his pockets, and demanded he surrender his wallet.

The men removed any items of value from the wallet and jumped into the car and quickly left the confused Chinese tourist standing on the curb. The tourist said US$1,400 was taken from his wallet.

Police say the robbery took place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm.

The tourist reported the incident to the Kuta Police Precinct. An investigation was immediately launched including an examination of the crime scene, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing CCTV recordings near the crime scene that identified the vehicle used in the robbery.

On Friday, February 1, 2019, a policeman on patrol spotted the vehicle used in the shakedown traveling on Jalan Raya Tuban. The vehicle was stopped and brought together with three foreigners found in the vehicle, to the Kuta Police Station.

A spokesman from the Kuta Police said two of the vehicle’s occupants were taken into custody while the third was listed as a witness. Police are also seeking two additional associates of the Iranians suspected of involvement in the robbery.

Police confiscated US$300 at the time of the arrest. Police suspect other stolen funds were used to support the criminals while living in Bali.

Police plan to charge the men with robbery punishable by up to five years in jail.
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