5 Jul 2019

Chinese nationals deported from Vanuatu

3:49 pm on 5 July 2019

Six Chinese nationals who were arrested in Vanuatu this week have been flown out of the country.

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Photo: RNZ / Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

The six people, some of whom are said to hold Vanuatu passports, were detained this week during an operation by law enforcement agencies from both countries.

They're accused of operating an internet scam, but it's not known if they've been charged or what the details of the case are.

The case has raised concerns in Vanuatu, as the people did not appear before a Vanuatu court and were reportedly held without charge.

Vanuatu authorities have confirmed few details about the case, including the level of their involvement or what agency the Chinese officials represented.