African criminals to face legal punishment
QĐND - Saturday, December 20, 2008, 20:47 (GMT+7)
|African immigrants in Ho Chi Minh City are seen to complicate social security|
Foreign criminals in Ho Chi Minh City, mostly from Africa, are being warned that they will receive due legal punishment for the crimes of money swindling and street crimes, announced Major General Pham Quy Ngo, Head of the General Department of the Police (the Ministry of Public Security) on Dec 19th
Such cases are complicated, and make it difficult for police to keep social order and security, because, according to Colonel Nguyen Xuan Bich, Head of the Social Crime Investigation Department (C14), when captured, black people pretend not to understand any languages regardless of interpreters.
Unfortunately, funds needed to expel these people from the country are limited for the police, and there are even cases where their own countries have refused to take them back.
“We were not strict enough at the beginning, so the number of homeless foreigners has increased. In Ho Chi Minh City alone, there are at least several hundred of them, and this is causing a lot of trouble for the relevant forces who have to handle them”, Colonel Bich admitted.
To deal with the problem, the Ministry of Public Security will join hands with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to tighten criteria for the issuance of visas to immigrants from Africa. And the Central Government will work with those countries whose citizens have broken the laws of Vietnam in reaching agreements to take them back.
For suspicious cases during the immigration process, visa applicants will be required to show a return plane ticket, or the financial means to afford a trip back.
There has also been a suggestion of setting up refugee camp where foreign criminals could be gathered up together.
In December, C14 sent information on foreign criminals and crimes committed by foreigners to various regions. Strict regulations will now be applied in dealing with foreign criminals.
Translated by Hoang Anh