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Bali is known by a number of titles – the Island of the Gods, the Island of a Thousand Temples, and more recently the World Peace Committee decided to bestow yet another title: the Island of Peace. Bali has a local population of around 3.9 million, tourist figures hover around 2.5 million annually and it is also home to 30,000 or so foreign residents (these are just the legal ones). Few would guess another title Indonesian private investigators might justifiably offer – the Island of Runaways.
Indonesia in general, and perhaps Bali in particular, is one of those havens that people who want to disappear go to. Our private investigators have had clients who firstly “simply” need to know if someone has arrived in Bali or Indonesia. The targets have their own reasons for wanting to fade away – trying to get longer away than the long arm of the law (I need to find them and serve them papers), a spouse that has run away with the children or simply just left their partner, and parent with children looking for reconciliation, or a teenager who for some reason has “gone”.
We had one client who was pretty sure their spouse was planning on coming to Bali with their two children – an action that went against a court injunction relating to the children’s custody. The client did not know when exactly, nor the route their partner was planning. Task 1 See if the runaway was in Bali. Task 2 Clients that need to know if someone is in Bali or Indonesia think our private detectives and private investigators in Jakarta or Bali can just go down to immigration and ask them to click a few keys on a computer and within a couple of minutes a centralized computer system will tell us when they arrived and through which port they landed in. If only it was that simple. This is Indonesia with over 17,500 islands and 44 different ports of entry (by sea, land or air).
As we explain to all our clients in this kind of situation the obstacle basically is that immigration records are neither centralized nor computerized. For sake of illustration let’s call this client’s spouse “J”. It would be a nice start for any private investigator in Indonesia to the two tasks if J had flown directly into Bali and registered through immigration there. But before going to Bali J might have fancied visiting the 9th-century Buddhist monument in Borobudur Central Java, or taking the children to see the Oranghutans in Borneo. J could have entered through any of the other 43 ports besides Bali and then traveled internally to the Island of the Gods. As I said the immigration records are not centralized so if J did enter lets say though Jakarta she would not show up in the Bali immigration records through a click or two on a computer in Bali.
This is a big problem for our private investigators – paper, paper and more paper. Stacks of it in filing cabinets and then piled up on top of them because the cabinets are full. J’s spouse gave me a two week window to check for the runaway’s arrival. Let’s say J did land directly in Bali and go though immigration there. With 2.5 million tourists and almost 20,000 international flights landing in Bali every year you’ll get the picture of the paper generated over a two week period, and another issue – the potential for human error. This lack of centralization and massive paper load is not confined to immigration.
Indonesia Private Investigation Agency and our Bali Eye private investigators have worked for clients on hotel registrations given to police and with the registrar of births and deaths for various reasons. The numbers are by no means as massive as the traffic going through Bali immigration but the essential difficulties remain. When I told my client that J had not appeared on the immigration records he looked at me as if I was an abject failure, as if in someway our team of private investigators had not done their job properly. The client was almost certain the spouse was in Bali so why were her records not showing up? Finally our team of private investigators found J through hotel records. Her arrival into Bali had indeed been via another immigration port. Before finding her my client was kind enough to give me a tidy tip when he realized I had indeed pulled out all the stops with immigration: to show him just how antiquated the record keeping systems are, and to calm him down, I took him to immigration to see for himself how things operate and what needed to be done. I wish I had a picture of his face when he was confronted with the Great Wall of Paper for the first time. I guess if he had seen an alien from another planet his expression would not have been that different, and I can’t repeat all the expletives here. Suffice to say he had just never imagined it could be that way and he understood.
Indonesia Private Investigation Agency (IPIA) along with our sister agency Bali Eye Private Investigation Agency (BEPIA) are fully registered Private Investigation Agencies offering private detective and investigation services to the Private and Business sectors throughout Indonesia and South East Asia.
January 10, 2013 – Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent, has been missing overseas since 2007. After Robert retired, he became a Private Investigator, which eventually lead him to Iran over an investigation involving cigarette smuggling. The Iranian government has repeatedly denied any knowledge about the disappearance of Mr. Levinson, who was last seen on the Iranian island of Kish.
Despite repeated denial of involvement from the Iranian government, some US officials say that the Iran intelligence service was almost certainly behind the 54-second video and five photographs of Levinson that were sent to Levinson’s family years ago. Official’s suspicions come from details found in the video, including the criticism portrayed about Guantanamo Bay as Mr. Levinson is forced to dress like a Guantanamo Bay Inmate and held up signs such as “I am here in Guantanamo.” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly criticized the U.S. over its detention facility at Guantanamo bay and combined with the expert efforts to conceal the identity of the hostage takers, suggests the group is a highly trained intelligence service such as the Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
Although U.S. diplomats and the FBI have tried to bring Robert home, there has been little actually said and done about the situation and almost no public pressure has been applied to the Iranian government for more information. Evidence has also been brought up that search raids conducted by Iran’s government were most likely fabricated and no search for Levinson was ever conducted. U.S. officials determined that this act was most likely a ploy by Iranian counterintelligence to learn how U.S. intelligence agencies work.
Levinson’s wife was interviewed saying “There needs to be a lot more public outcry.” It’s been nearly six years now since Levinson went missing and she feels that Iran is being left off the hook. “He’s a good man,” she said. “He just doesn’t deserve this.”
Levinson’s Family has now released the photos sent to their family with the anonymous video years ago, in hopes it will stir up some additional efforts from our government to bring Robert Levinson home.
December 26th – Shocking new evidence has been discovered by a Hollywood Private Investigator that proves Whitney Houston was murdered. According to Radar Online, The private investigator looking into Whitney Houston’s suspicious death found video evidence that suggests Houston was a victim of a high powered drug ring, who sent two individuals who are suspected to have murdered Houston to kill her over her 1.5 million dollar cocaine debt.
The private investigator used his drug informant resources, as well as taking a second look at the corners report to determine foul play in conjunction with the new evidence brought to light.
On the day she died, Whitney was alone in her hotel room in which the two suspects were caught on surveillance tapes. Currently all evidence has been turned over to the FBI for further investigation.
Source: Whitney Houston was Murdered
Earlier this week, Tom Cruise was allegedly questioned for conspiring with his attorney and now jailed private investigator Anthony Pellicano in illegally wiretapping magazine editor Michael Davis Sapir cell phone. The accusations came about from a lawsuit back in 2001 when Tom Cruise sued Sapir for $100 million after the editor falsely stated he had video proof of Tom Cruise engaging in homosexual activity.
Mr. Sapir is now under the impression that Cruise had engaged in illegal wiretapping during the 2001 lawsuit, recording conversations between Mr. Sapir and his attorney. Michael Sapir is now suing Tom Cruise for $5 million dollars, claiming that Tom used these taps to gain an unfair advantage during the 2001 court case.
According to Tom Cruise’s attorney ” the allegations are absolute garbage. We did not even hire Pellicano to work on the Sapir case.”