Illegal Activities of Chinese Citizens Seriously Concerns Nepalese Authorities

Chinese nationals in Nepal are often found to be committing financial fraud such as running online Ponzi schemes and scamming foreign nationals with lures of easy loans and in the midst of this the investigation department seems inexperienced so the investigations are rarely successful. The increasing involvement of Chinese citizens in illegal activities has become a serious concern for the Nepalese authorities. In the latest incident on April 22, 22 Chinese nationals were arrested in a raid on a house in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, by a joint team from the Department of Immigration and the Nepalese Police.

At first, the news did not make the headlines and was largely ignored by the local Nepalese media. The details of the deception by Chinese citizens also remain unclear and obscure. However, the lack of resources became an obstacle for the investigation. The police failed to investigate the suspected illegal activities of the foreigner. Especially when it comes to crimes committed through the misuse of technology, the police are woefully incompetent. Local Nepalese media outlet Annapurna Express has learned that authorities have received information about suspicious activity at the house. The suspects were later caught with 35 laptops, 675 mobile phones and 760 SIM cards issued by Nepal Telecom and NCell.

It should be noted that since the police had no underlying reason to press charges against the 22 suspects, they were all released a day later on the condition that they assist the authorities with the investigation. The immigration department has confiscated their passports to prevent them from leaving the country. The suspects, who were released into the custody of Manjil Shrestha, are currently staying at a hotel in Thamel.

Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, director general of the Immigration Department, said the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the police. “The suspects had entered Nepal on business visas. We also discovered that one of them had overstayed his visa,” Bhattarai said, adding: “We are still trying to find out the nature of his activities here in Nepal.” After the confiscation of Chinese citizens’ laptops and mobile phones, they were sent to the Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory.

Chinese citizens are often suspected of being part of a syndicate involved in cross-border online gambling. However, neither the immigration agency nor the police have the proper technology and personnel to confirm their suspicions. In a similar case, authorities arrested 122 Chinese nationals, also wearing similar equipment, in December 2019 for their alleged involvement in criminal activities. These arrests were made with the help of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, which was concerned that the suspects were tarnishing China’s image.

They were eventually extradited to China. The Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China had chartered two planes to take them back. A senior official from China’s Criminal Investigation Department had personally come to Kathmandu to negotiate extradition with Nepalese authorities, according to the media portal. (AND ME)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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