8 Chinese nationals deported for third time
Eight Chinese nationals, who were recently placed on a one-year deportation order from Guyana, on Tuesday appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court, charged with immigration fraud.
Aihua Wang, Bin Ye, Jun Qing Ma, Yhong Guo Wu, Xiaohn Zheng, Lin Hong, Zhengcheng Wong and Gablin Feng were jointly charged and confessed to the allegation with the aid of an interpreter.
It is alleged that on September 1, 2017 at Georgetown, they attempted to use a permit which was not be issued by the immigration department of Guyana and were not entitled to used.
According to reports, on August 22, 2017 the Chinese nationals arrived in Guyana illegally via Suriname through the backtrack route at Springlands, Berbice and boarded a minibus there.
However, the minibus was stopped at a road block by police at Fort Wellington, Berbice and the eight accused were asked to produce their passport when it was revealed that they had entered the county illegally.
Police Prosecutor, Arwin Moore told the court that on August 24, the foreign nationals appeared at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court and were fined $20,000 and deported to Suriname for illegal entry.
Moore noted that the nationals had told police that while in Suriname, they spoke to the Consulate of Guyana in Suriname and applied for a tourist visa.
Nevertheless, the said Chinese nationals returned to Guyana on August 30 and while at the Springlands Immigration department, it was discovered that they had failed to comply with the deportation order which was valid for one year. The nationals were arrested by police at Sleep-Inn during a raid on September 1, 2017.
During that investigation, it was discovered that they never met with the Consulate of Guyana in Suriname or applied for a visitor’s visa.
Magistrate McLennan fined the foreign nationals $70,000 each and ordered they be deported again.