Cracking down on foreigners involved in illegal gambling, in December last year, Nepal had detained 122 Chinese nationals in capital Kathmandu. Now the government has decided to deport 122 Chinese nationals arrested over charges of engaging in illegal online gambling and “cyber and financial” crime.
The authorities have said they could not gather sufficient evidence to indict the suspects and get the court to act.
On Sunday, the District Administration Office in Kathmandu slapped a fine of 1,000 NPR ($10 approx) on each of the suspects for “indecent behavior.”
The court ordered the release of the arrested Chinese nationals and the government has now said that they would be deported.
Following the court’s order, Director-General of Department of Immigration Eshwor Raj Poudel has confirmed that the 122 people who have been arrested will be sent back to China in a maximum of two days from today.
Talking to the press the Immigration Department chief said: “Since police investigation has shown that the arrested Chinese were not involved in crime related to Nepal, we will have to deport them from the country after recording their statement.”
He also confirmed that the suspects will be deported in a chartered plane.
It was on December 23 that the local police and authorities co-ordinated a series of raids in capital Kathmandu that led to the arrest of 122 Chinese nationals who were alleged to have been involved with an illegal online gambling racket used to target Chinese nationals.
The immigration department also said that the raids were conducted after duly informing the officials at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. The suspects were found to have been engaged in activities that breached their VISA terms and therefore, they have ordered to be deported at the earliest.