Foreign car thief deported

August 16th, 2011 by Leave a reply »

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has ordered a Japanese national wanted by authorities in his country for alleged car theft deported from the Philippines.

Hideo Ozawa, who is now detained at the BI center in Bicutan, Taguig City will be deported once the Immigration board of commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said.

David added that Ozawa will also be placed on the Immigration black list and banned from re-entering the Philippines.

Ozawa was arrested on August 3 after he turned himself in to the Japanese Embassy in Pasay City, said BI intelligence chief Ma. Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang. He then expressed his intention to be deported to Japan, Mangrobang said.

He is now an undocumented alien since his passport expired on August 3, 2010.

Ozawa, along with several other suspects, allegedly stole over 10 cars from a number of parking lots in Wakayama prefecture between October and November 2005, Tokyo Interpol officials said.

“They allegedly hid the stolen cars inside a warehouse in Aridagawa town, Arida district, Wakayama, which was raided by Japanese authorities,” Mangrobang said, citing information from the Japanese Embassy.

Ozawa left Japan for Manila on March 11, 2006, after learning of his impending arrest, records showed.

The Yuasa summary court in Wakayama, where Ozawa was charged with larceny, issued a warrant for his arrest on March 24, 2011.

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