SAIPAN OFFICIALS DETAIN 2 CHINESE TOURISTS

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By Shan Seman

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Feb. 8) - Two Chinese tourists reported missing after failing to leave Saipan on their schedule day to depart were caught Sunday night and are being detained by local Immigration authorities.

Century Tours Manager Henry Pun said information on the whereabouts of Yang Wei, 48, and Tang Wenliang, 43, was received Sunday morning through a tipster.

Yang and Tang arrived on Saipan on January 26 and were scheduled to leave on January 28.

Pun said the two denied staying on Saipan illegally.

"They told us that their visa is good for three months, ... but ... the visa is only good for three days."

Pun said the money the two paid as a security deposit before leaving China will not be returned to them. The amount is a little less than $4,000.

"They paid to guarantee their return on time," he said.

Comment from the Northern Marianas attorney general's office and local Immigration could not be obtained yesterday by the Saipan Tribune.

Pun said a reward was offered for information about the tourists.

"(The Chinese community is) so small that if there's a stranger, they can tell and that's what happened," he said.

Pun said the tipster would be paid $1,000 to $500 per person apprehended.

The situation was the first experienced by Century Tours, but Pun said it has happened before with other agencies.

Pun said the tour agency would implement measures that would prevent the situation from happening again.

February 8, 2004

Saipan Tribune http://www.saipantribune.com

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