30 May 2012

Cooks expels Indonesian man allegedly linked to crime network

7:37 am on 30 May 2012

The Cook Islands has expelled an Indonesian tourist after concluding he was connected to an organised Indonesian crime network.

The immigration authorities acted after he confessed to travelling on airline tickets purchased with a stolen credit card.

The immigration director, Kave Ringi, has told the Cook Islands News that investigations by his officers have revealed that up to 20 tickets to Rarotonga have been purchased with stolen credit cards.

Several people are reported to have been in and out of the country since the ring started its operation.