BI nabs German fugitive‏

November 4, 2011 10:02 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 4 — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) nabbed a 48-year-old German national who has a standing warrant of arrest in his country for drug trafficking case, the BI said on Friday.

Stephanus Maria Schoellhorn was arrested after the German embassy in Manila requested the authorities for his capture.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the fugitive is detained at the Bicutan immigration jail following his arrest last Oct. 19 in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

The German embassy immediately cancelled Schoellhorn’s passport when they learned through the German federal police of his whereabouts in the Philippines.

According to David, a court in Baden-Baden, Germany has charged Schoellhorn with seven counts of drug trafficking.

Schoellhorn’s deportation order is expected to be released by the BI board of commissioners within this week, David said.

It was learned that a team of German federal policemen will fly to Manila to fetch and escort the fugitive back to Germany.

Lawyer Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, BI intelligence chief, disclosed that the German is married to a Filipina, thus he was able to hide here for several months after fleeing his country to evade prosecution for his crimes.

Although Schoellhorn has been admitted on a one-year Balikbayan visa after he arrived in Manila on Feb. 17, Mangrobang said “he lost his privilege to remain in the Philippines since he no longer holds a valid passport.” (PNA) scs/B.L. Vergara/mec


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