Fiji police finally admit deportation, reveal little else
In a joint statement released a short while ago, the Fiji Police Force and the Chinese embassy in Suva confirmed a month-long joint operation that resulted in the deportation of Asian nationals last Friday.
August 8, 2017 9:08 am
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security had announced on Saturday that a joint operation with the Fiji Police Force resulted in 77 suspected scammers being repatriated from Fiji to China.
No comment was available from Fijian authorities until now, resulting in calls for full disclosure in the Chinese operation.
Fiji police maintain that laws and regulations were respected in the joint operation and the removal was facilitated by the Department of Immigration.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 between Fiji and China was said to be the basis of the cooperation.
Here is the full text of the statement:
A joint operation between Fijian and Chinese law enforcement agencies under an existing Memorandum of Understanding of police cooperation has resulted in the removal of 77 Chinese nationals who were found to be in breach of their visa conditions.
A request for assistance was extended to the Fiji Police Force from the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Public Security regarding the group’s alleged involvement in certain illegal activities which were in breach of their visa conditions.
The Fiji Police Force and the Department of Immigration facilitated the protocol and approval was sought from relevant authorities whereby the investigation into the alleged activities began.
The month long operation has seen Fijian law enforcement agencies deal with the alleged breaches in visa conditions in accordance with relevant laws and regulations of Fiji.
Following a thorough investigation conducted by the three law enforcement agencies, we can confirm that no Fijian was a victim of the group’s alleged illegal activities.
These 77 Chinese nationals have been sent back to China from Fiji on Aug. 4, 2017. It is reported that the above mentioned Chinese nationals are suspected to be involved in more than 50 telecom and online fraud cases targeting Chinese citizens in China amounting to more than 6 million yuan (892,000 U.S. dollars). The case is under further investigation in China.
The successful outcome of the collaboration under the MOU is a testament of the two countries ongoing commitment in maintaining law and order in our respective countries.
It shows the importance of strengthening law enforcement cooperation between our two countries.
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