New Zealand fugitive deported

By DateLine Philippines

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported a fugitive wanted for aggravated robbery, dishonesty, and sexual assault of minors in his native New Zealand.

David Stanley Tranter, 59, was deported on March 23 aboard a Cathay Pacific flight to Auckland.

Immigration officials said Tranter had been in jail in General Santos City for nine months after immigration operatives arrested him on June 5, 2009.

Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported the New Zealander’s presence in General Santos City to BI operatives, resulting in his arrest.

Tranter was later transferred to the BI field office in Davao City before he was flown to Manila and detained at the BI detention center.

When investigated, Tranter was unable to present his passport. He was charged with immigration law violations for being an undocumented and overstaying alien

In ordering his expulsion, the immigration board described Tranter as an undesirable alien whose presence in the country “clearly poses a threat to our national security, public safety and domestic tranquility.”

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