|BI nabs German drug trafficker|
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced yesterday the arrest of a German fugitive wanted for drug trafficking in his country.
BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said 48-year-old Stephanus Maria Schoellhorn is now detained at the Bicutan immigration jail following his arrest by members of the bureau’s fugitive search unit in Puerto Galera, Mindoro last Oct 19.
David issued a mission order for Schoellhorn’s arrest at the request of the German embassy in Manila.
The embassy reportedly cancelled Schoellhorn’s passport after being informed by the German federal police about the fugitive’s presence in the Philippines.
According to David, the German is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by a municipal court in Baden-Baden, Germany where he was charged on seven counts of drug trafficking.
He added that the BI board of commissioners is expected to issue the order for Schoellhorn’s deportation within the week.
Lawyer Maria Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, said a team of German federal policemen will fetch and escort the fugitive back to his homeland.
Mangrobang 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.
Investigation revealed that Schoellhorn arrived in Manila on Feb. 17 this year and was admitted on a one-year Balikbayan visa.
“Despite his Balikbayan visa, he lost his privilege to remain in the Philippines since he no longer holds a valid passport,” Mangrobang said. ###