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By Benhur C. Saladores

The US federal court indicted on Friday two Chinese nationals on four counts each of alleged human smuggling of 141 illegal immigrants from China aboard a fishing boat which was intercepted by the Coast Guard in international waters believed to heading to Guam.

According to papers filed in court on Saipan, the two allegedly masterminded attempts to bring these undocumented aliens into the U.S. territory for financial gain in violation of federal immigration laws.

This is the first lawsuit against the streams of illegal Chinese immigrants sent to a temporary shelter set up by American troops at the Northfield military base on Tinian, and covers the first boatload that arrived April 17 at the San Jose harbor.

The two suspects, Hua Jin Lin, 37, and Shan Hua Huang, 35, were ordered arrested on felony charges of conspiracy to commit offense against the US, attempted alien smuggling for financial gain, attempted alien smuggling to a place other than at designated port, and encouraging and inducing aliens to the United States.

Huang was reportedly the captain or co-captain and Lin, the engineer of the 120-foot boat that sailed from Fujian province in China in the high seas where it was detected by the Coast Guard.

Based on the papers filed by U.S. Attorney Frederick A. Black, the two traveled from Putian, China to meet 141 others aboard smaller boats in Ningbo who then boarded the fishing vessel to sail towards Guam.

Black pointed to at least nine co-conspirators in the lawsuit, but were not identified.

He also claimed the suspects tried to smuggle these immigrants "for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain from certain aliens, knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact that said aliens had not received prior official authorization" from the U.S. government.

Both Lin and Huang will be represented in court by two lawyers based on Saipan, Joshua Berger and David Banes.

Nearly 500 undocumented immigrants from China are now housed in a "tent city" on Tinian, awaiting decision by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as to when they will be repatriated.


SAIPAN, NortherN Mariana Islands (May 3, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The United States Government has charged two Chinese men following the

interception by the U.S. Coastguard of a boatload of illegal Chinese immigrants heading for Guam late last month.

The boat was redirected to Tinian Island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

Radio Australia's Saipan correspondent reports that a Federal Grand Jury returned the indictment against Shan Hua Huang, a ship's captain, and Jin Hua Lin, his engineer.

Huang and Lin have been charged with a number of offences including allegedly attempting to smuggle aliens for financial gain, attempting alien smuggling to a place other than at a designated port, and encouraging and inducing aliens to the U.S.

Huang and Lin were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and appeared in court last Friday.

According to the charges filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Seely, Lin traveled from Putian to Ningbo, China where a ship was waiting for him.

From there, Lin, Huang and five others boarded the ship in Ningbo and sailed two days to a location off the coast of China in the vicinity of Fujian province.

Court records say the two picked up 141 illegal Chinese immigrants from Fujian and sailed to Guam and the Northern Marianas.

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