22 Jun 2007

Samoa to deport Chinese national married to local woman

9:51 am on 22 June 2007

One of four Chinese nationals declared to be illegal immigrants in Samoa is to be deported with two other Chinese men currently in police custody.

The chief executive officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and head of the immigration division, Auseuga'efa Va'asatia, says the Chinese man is awaiting a temporary permit to allow him to stay because he is legally married to a local woman who is pregnant.

Auseuga'efa says despite the marriage, the man must be deported.

The immigration CEO says the four men entered the country as transients after being removed from American Samoa .

He says they must leave Samoa within seven days as required by their transit permits.

A senior Chinese Embassy officer in Apia says the office is not aware of the matter.