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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 30, 2001 - (Sun/PINA Nius Online)---The Fiji Government has launched an investigation into the existence of a passport scam involving Chinese immigrants, following a series of Sun newspaper reports.

Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Major General George Konrote said the probe would specifically look at the roles of Immigration officers in the alleged passport scam. He confirmed the investigation was triggered by a Sun series on the operations of the Chinese Triad criminal organization.

The five-part series had not only linked members of the Triad to a passport racket, but also to a prostitution ring in Suva, production of counterfeit notes and drug trafficking.

It took the Sun three months to probe the local workings of the Triad and the series relied on information from several police detectives and Chinese immigrants.

At least two senior police officers and at least one Immigration officer were alleged to be on the payroll of the Triad.

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