PNG CLAIMS VISA BOONDOGGLE IN BEIJING

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 7) – Papua New Guinea’s Beijing Embassy did not follow proper procedures in issuing visas for 11 Chinese nationals who entered this country last month, government officials said yesterday.

They also said PNG officials, including a lawyer in Port Moresby, prevented police detectives and immigration officers from deporting the first batch of immigrants who entered the country under business visa on Monday.

But the PNG Mission in Beijing, China yesterday defended itself saying all procedures were followed and that it was the responsibility of the immigration office in Port Moresby to carry out checks on arrival at Jackson’s airport.

Last week, 11 Chinese immigrants from Fujian Province in China entered the country under suspicious business and tourist visas issued by the PNG embassy in Beijing. The visas were issued by a senior officer.

The National Intelligence Organization, police detectives and immigration officers in Port Moresby moved fast to repatriate five Chinese nationals to Manila on Monday, while six with tourist visas are to leave today. 

And Police Commissioner Sam Inguba has officially announced that an immediate investigation will be carried out because police lawyer Sam Bonner this week said a court order was in place restraining the deportation of the 11 Chinese immigrants.

"The matter is now with the police and the National Intelligence Organization and once the investigation is done a report recommending the recall of officers in China will be tabled to the Government," the detectives said.

Mr Inguba added: "The incident is very serious and I have spoken to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Immigration to brief him on the issue and the matter will be fully investigated.

January 8, 2004

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

 

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