A British woman faces six months in jail for slapping an immigration official in Bali.
Auj-e Taqaddas overstayed her visa in Indonesia by 160 days. Upon trying to fly out of Bali, a passport control official noted her illegal presence in the country and asked her to pay a fine of $3,500.
Taqaddas flipped, yelling and cursing at the immigration officer and eventually slapping him across the face and trying to reclaim her passport. It was all captured on cell phone video.
She wasn’t locked up immediately. Instead, she was released after being assigned a court date. But she skipped her first court date. Then she skipped her second one. Meanwhile, she told the BBC that prosecutors had “tortured” her. Indonesian prosecutors vehemently deny this.
Bottom line: she’s not helping herself and remains trapped in Indonesia.
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I once wanted to slap an immigration official. It was in Almaty, Kazakhstan and I had to bribe my way out of the country on trumped-up charges of an invalid visa.
Boy did I want to reach across the desk and wipe the smug smirk of the face of the duplicitous immigration official who demanded a bribe from me even though I had a valid visa.
Thankfully, my anger did not dash all common sense from me.
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What a simple lesson we have today: don’t slap immigration officials. Not in Indonesia, not in the United States, not in Kazakhstan…not anywhere. For I can guarantee you that it will not turn out well.