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Two Britons in jail over propery fraud DENPASAR - Radar Bali carries news of yet another property transaction by foreign nationals attempting to secure land in Bali gone sour. U.K. nationals, Christopher James Forbes, 50, who list his address as the Bali View Apartment, Jalan Nakula 390 in Kuta, and Angus Knowles Jackson were arrested on Christmas Eve pursuant to a criminal complaint filed with the Bali police by Dmitry Chernikov, a Russian national.

Also reportedly listed in the complaint was the Commissioner of Asian Estate Investment, Agus Setiawan Waworuntu, an Indonesian national residing on Jalan Danau Tamblingan in Sanur. The police complaint alleges malfeasance in the handling of funds for the purchase of land on Balangan Beach, Bukit Jimbaran in South Bali.

Reza Akbar Maya Poetra, the attorney for Forbes and Jackson, was quoted by the press as alleging the incarceration of his clients is unjust. Peotra said: "On May 13, 2008, Dmitry Chernikov, claims he transferred Rp. 2 billion to the account of Waworuntu at Bank Permata as the down payment for the purchase of the land. I don't know why Dmitry Chernikov cancelled the transaction and asked for his money to be returned. The money requested by Dmitry was not returned by Agus."

Although Indonesian law specifically prohibits the purchase of land by foreign national, many website and property companies in Bali offer property and "freehold" land for sale to aliens using legally contravening nominee structures.


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