A joint operation undertaken by the Vanuatu Immigration Services (VIS) and Vanuatu Police saw the arrest of a wanted Chinese National, Lin Jenfeng, and his deportation on Sunday.

VIS Director Jeffery Markson told Daily Post that authorities in China had issued a detention warrant for Lin, who was wanted for money laundering.

Mr Markson said it took the authorities a while to locate Lin because he had been hiding from the authorities and residing in Vanuatu in the past three years under different names.

VIS discovered from their investigations that the Chinese national did not operate any businesses in Vanuatu, but he was working with another Chinese businessman.

The joint operation also included assistance from the Chinese Embassy to identify the wanted Chinese national.

According to the director, on Sunday one of his officers along with a Police officer, escorted Lin out of the country to Fiji, where they handed him over to the Chinese authorities.

Director Markson stressed that fugitives treating Vanuatu as their hiding ground will be caught.

"He is one out of 100 cases. We will track down all the others," he said.

The VIS Director emphasised the collaborations between relevant authorities and the INTERPOL to clamp down on issues relating to criminals attempting to escape the law.

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