Nepalese police arrest more than 100 Chinese tourists, seizing phones

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  • Tuesday, 24 Dec 2019

Nepalese police say it is their biggest crackdown on crime by foreigners entering the country on tourist visas. - ANN

KATHMANDU: Nepalese authorities arrested 122 Chinese nationals in raids in the capital Kathmandu, in what police called the biggest group of foreigners to ever be arrested in the city on Tuesday (Dec 24).

Eight women and 114 men were arrested in three residential areas on the outskirts of Kathmandu on Monday, said Uttam Raj Subedi, a senior police officer.

The Chinese are suspected of carrying out cyber crime and hacking into bank cash machines, Subedi said, adding that they were being held in different police stations.

"They arrived here on tourist visas, but they set up offices. They were involved in suspicious activities," Subedi told reporters. "This is the first time that so many foreigners have been detained for suspected criminal activities,"

Police also seized their laptops and mobile phones.

Details of the cases were not released, but The Kathmandu Post newspaper reported that those detained had allegedly committed financial crimes in China using the internet in Nepal.

Chinese embassy officials were not immediately available for comment but another senior police officer, Hobindra Bogati, said the embassy knew of the raids and had supported the detention of the suspects.

Nepal grants visas on arrival to the Chinese in order to attract foreign tourists.

After Indians, Chinese people are the second most common nationality to visit Nepal.

Police have previously arrested Chinese nationals for crimes including gold smuggling, wildlife trafficking and hacking of ATMs in Kathmandu. -
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