Vanuatu – gun running

Just seen this exciting report from Radio New Zealand International:

“Posted at 22:38 on 24 July, 2012 UTC

Vanuatu authorities have confiscated firearms after detaining a yacht, the Phocea.

16 crew members and the skipper, along with the owner’s girl friend have been arrested.

The owner, Anh Quan, was a Chinese national but became a Vanuatu citizen this year.

Local media has reported that police believe the vessel was being used to try to smuggle high-powered firearms and illegally acquired money into the country.

Authorities have also confiscated 16 allegedly fake diplomatic passports, and Vanuatu Maritime legal documents.

The passports reportedly include the fake signatures of the Principal Immigration Officer, Francois Batick, and a former Vanuatu Maritime Commissioner, Les Napuati.

Two government ministers, another MP and other politicians were spotted on the yacht before the authorities went on board on Sunday.

The yacht, which had been travelling from Italy to Papua New Guinea, was once owned by a former French government minister, Bernard Tapie.

News Content © Radio New Zealand International
PO Box 123, Wellington, New Zealand”.

And all this happened just after I left Vanuatu!


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