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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 15, 2009) – Foreign Affairs and Immigrations Department is investigating deportee Erqin Zheng and her husband who had returned to the country under dubious circumstances to conduct the "illegal business" they were deported for in 2004.

The Immigration & Citizenship Service is investigating Ms. Zheng’s visa and work permit.

Her husband Zhen Zhubiao who also allegedly returned on a fishing boat through Daru in the Western Province after having facial plastic surgery in China under a new identity and is currently employed in a government department (named) is also being probed.

The couple was deported along with Malaysian Michael Kim, Chinese national Steven Ng and his wife in 2004 by then Foreign Minister Sir Rabbi Namaliu when they were found to be engaged in illegal casino, prostitution, human trafficking, smuggling counterfeits and other vices. The assurance was given yesterday by Acting Director of Migrations Joseph Norbetau and Director of Enforcement and Compliance Dominic Ampa’oi in an interview.

While Mr Nobetau agreed that while such issues were multi-jurisdictional, security of the country was of paramount importance and that not all information relating to operational matters can be released.

Mr. Nobetau and Mr. Ampa’oi were obviously surprised when told that deportee Mr Zhubiao was back and happily employed by the State.

The two men said law enforcement agents met last week to discuss the issue relating to Ms Zheng re-entry.

Ampa’oi said if PNG missions abroad can detect deportees re-entering and if the points of entry were known, but it was quite difficult if aliens came through cruise ships and fishing boats.

He said he was not aware if Zheng was deported but if she was and the re-entry was not detected, he attributed to a number of factors including;

1. She may not have been black listed in the first place

2. Office of National Security under Prime Minister’s Department led the operation in 2004 and records may not have bee transferred to Migrations, or

3. Lack of vigilance at Beijing mission to detect and vet re-entry.

4. The office’s EP system crashed towards the end of 2004 and early 2005, which may have erased the records.

Nobetau admitted that while the majority of the people in law enforcement agencies were highly professional, there were a minority group of people doing the wrong things which tarnished the image of the agencies and the country.

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