By staff writers – Translated by Kim Khanh
Da Nang (VNA) – Police in the central city of Da Nang have started legal proceedings and detained 14 suspects involving in a ring of brokering and organising illegal entry to Vietnam for Chinese people.
According to Major General Vu Xuan Vien, Director of the Da Nang Department of Public Security, the suspects reside in different northern localities such as Ninh Binh, Ha Nam, Hoa Binh, Hanoi and Hung Yen.
He highlighted the joint efforts of the police of Da Nang and other localities in raiding the ring, saying this is important amid the current COVID-19 situation .
In December 2020, the police of Da Nang discovered four illegal Chinese immigrants in a seven-seat car driven by Dinh Xuan Hien, a resident of Thai Binh province. Expanding investigation into the case, the police arrested additional 14 suspects.
The investigation results showed that from December 21-29, the ring managed to bring 49 Chinese people to Vietnam and then to Cambodia for 28-30 million VND for each person.
Meanwhile, authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, which shares sea border with Cambodia, are tightening control over illegal entry to Vietnam , especially during the upcoming April 30- May 1 holidays and the upcoming general elections as part of efforts to prevent COVID-19 pandemic to enter Vietnam.
Senior Lieutenant Colonel Doan Dinh Tranh, Vice Political Commissar of the provincial Border Guard High Command said that Kien Giang has set up 30 posts, eight mobile teams and 11 checkpoints in Phu Quoc Island to prevent COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 23-24, local forces discovered four illegal immigration cases with 23 illegal immigrants to Phu Quoc./.
An investigation is underway in Vinh Phuc Province after local police have detected a total of 39 Chinese suspected to enter Vietnam illegally.
The detection was made while Vietnamese authorities at all levels have been taking necessary measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, including the prevention of illegal entry made by people from the country’s neighbors, including China.
Police in Vinh Phuc said on Tuesday morning that these Chinese had been found residing illegally at three locations in the provincial capital city of Vinh Yen, with signs of border jumping.
The suspects were discovered living at 19 Ngo Gia Tu Street in Khai Quang Ward, and 2 Nguyen Van Chat Street and 76 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, both in Lien Bao Ward, on Monday evening, when local police raided these places.
Some of the foreigners ran away when they saw police officers at their places, so the forces had to take action to put them under control.
An investigation on a person-to person basis has been underway, investigators said.
As they are foreigners, it may require a lot of time, along with the aid of interpreters, to investigate and verify the case, they added.
Police seized a number of personal devices at the residences of the Chinese for investigation purposes.
The venues have been disinfected, local police reported.
A similar case happened in Hanoi late on Sunday night when police officers raided the Florence apartment building in Nam Tu Liem District and discovered a total of 46 foreigners, presumably Chinese citizens, who had made illegal entry into Vietnam.
Police launched their overnight swoop after being tipped by locals that a group of suspicious foreigners had been living in the apartment building.
These foreigners, who had rented nine rooms there, had their samples taken for COVID-19 testing before being transported to the Hanoi City Police Hospital in Hoan Kiem District for isolation, police said.
The three Chinese nationals are an important link in the chain of bringing foreigners into Vietnam illegally.
Vietnamese police have launched criminal proceedings on three Chinese for smuggling immigrants into the country, according to the Criminal Investigation Agency’s Office under the Ministry of Public Security.
The police have arrested and launched criminal proceedings against Chi Jin Hua (born in 1993), Wu Ding Sen (1988) and Guo Long (1984), who are residing in Fujian province of China on charges of smuggling foreign people into the country.
The above-mentioned Chinese nationals are an important clue in the chain of bringing foreigners into Vietnam illegally. They are responsible for arranging accommodation for nearly 50 Chinese people unlawfully staying in Hanoi’s districts of Cau Giay and Nam Tu Liem.
They were detected in early May.
Wu Ding Sen, a Chinese national, is arrested on charges of smuggling foreign people into Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam police
The Criminal Investigation Agency’s Office said that Wu Ding Sen entered Vietnam on March 27, via Noi Bai International Airport, sponsored by the Southeast Asian agricultural, forestry and food import-export joint stock company in Vietnam.
After being put under quarantine in the central province of Thanh Hoa, Wu Ding Sen went to Hanoi and rented a room in D’Capitale apartment building in Cau Giay district where he harbored illegal Chinese immigrants.
After that, the police continued to detect 46 more illegally Chinese immigrants in Florence apartment building in Nam Tu Liem district, the investigation agency said, adding they were smuggled in by Chi Jin Hua and Guo Long.
The investigation agency found another 12 Chinese people (seven men, five women) staying at the Samsora building in Ha Dong district.
Questions arise over purpose of Chinese nationals illegally entering Vietnam
Maj. Gen. To An Xo, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Public Security on May 5 told media that in the first four months of 2021, Vietnam has recorded a total of 199 cases of illegal entry involving 1,443 Chinese nationals.
He noted that the illegal immigrants has not only violated Vietnam’s sovereignty, but also brought Covid-19 threats for the country, threatening locals’ health and jobs.
Visa of Wu Ding Sen. Photo: Vietnam police
“We are currently seeking measures aimed at clarifying methods and tricks used by people to smuggle people into the nation, in an attempt to halt the potential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from imported sources,” Xo added.
Initial investigations show smugglers are making use of online social networks to connect with people who are seeking to enter Vietnam illegally. A number of detainees have revealed that most illegal immigrants are looking for employment, although some entered for reasons unknown so far.
It is imperative to tighten control of illegal entrants who take refuge in guest houses, hotels, and other types of accommodation. In addition, relevant forces need to reinforce check-points and prosecute brokers as well as illegal immigrants to serve as a deterrent to others.
Illegal immigrants who are detected and subsequently test negative for Covid-19 will be returned to China. Lodging businesses who fail to comply with regulations may have their licenses withdrawn, face administrative penalties, or even criminal penalties, Xo confirmed.
Vietnam has detected many illegal entries and Hanoi police have also caught 14 cases.
Hanoi will keep strictly handling illegal entries to prevent the risk of imported Covid-19 transmissions as the Covid-19 pandemic evolution remains tense around the world, Kinh te & Do thi quoted Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy as saying at a meeting on November 25.
Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the meeting. Photo: Kinhtedothi.vn
Vietnam has detected many illegal entries while 14 cases have been detected in Hanoi, Mr. Quy said.
The vice chairman asked relevant units to strictly supervise those under paid quarantine at accommodation establishments and diplomatic entries.
Last week, Hanoi’s authorities also met with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to complete the protocol on isolating incoming people. The concerned agencies agreed to strictly monitor these cases because coronavirus-infected people are still boarding planes to Vietnam, Mr. Quy said.
He added that although the Ministry of Health has issued a number of guidelines for quarantine sites, the lack of vigilance has been reported at several establishments, especially hotels and other accommodation facilities.
The official added that the city’s agencies should keep disseminating the “5K” message of the Ministry of Health since the good observance of the 5K is a “steel shield” to protect people from the Covid-19 pandemic. 5K means “Khau trang” (face mask) – “Khu khuan” (disinfection) – “Khoang cach” (distance) – “Khong tu tap” (no gatherings) – “Khai bao y te” (health declaration).
He asked the competent forces to continue to strictly handle the cases flouting measures of pandemic prevention and control issued by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Ministry of Heath.
“Media outlets should timely report on the examplary people who observe the pandemic prevention protocols as well as those showing signs of carelessness so as for the authorities to handle,” the vice chaiman suggested.
Although no new local cases have been recorded in the capital city for more than three months, Mr. Quy said a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic is latent, so staying vigilant is a must as cold and dry winter conditions favor the transmission of the virus.
The vice chairman stressed that people should regularly wash hands with soap or hand sanitizers, and keep safe distancing and avoid mass gatherings.
Vietnam has gone 84 straight days without locally acquired Covid-19 cases. However, people are advised to stay vigilant and anyone who has any symptoms needs to get tested and isolate themselves until having confirmatory results.
According to a report from Vinh Phuc Provincial Police Department, the Chinese people were found on the evening of May 3 while staying at three houses in Vinh Yen City.
“It is unclear about the exact time the Chinese people arrived in the area as there are some problems in their statements,” the report said.
Checking their places, police found a lot of laptops, mobile phones, and unused sim cards which have all been detained for investigations.
Health workers were sent in to take samples from these people for Covid-19 testing and disinfection of their places. They were asked to stay at the same places and were monitored by local authorities.
The incident occured when the Covid-19 pandemic is becoming more complicated in some localities including Vinh Phuc, with threats of a new outbreak.
On April 23, a group of five Chinese experts arrived in Vinh Phuc to work after completing a 14-day quarantine period in Yen Bai Province. The group stayed just one day in Vinh Phuc and then travelled to some other localities before returning to China where four of them have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
So far, 14 people in Vinh Phuc who had come into close contact with the five Chinese men have been infected with the virus.
Hanoi police have also found 50 illegally-entered Chinese people in Cau Giay and Nam Tu Liem districts. First testing showed that they are negative for SARS-CoV-2.