Il­le­gal min­ers re­turn home

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DOZENS of Chi­nese nationals who had been held for il­le­gal min­ing in Zam­bia have de­parted the coun­try to re­turn home, China’s For­eign Min­istry said yes­ter­day. China had com­plained that Zam­bia pro­vided no strong ev­i­dence of crimes com­mit­ted by the 31 ar­rested in the town of Chin­gola, in­clud­ing a preg­nant woman and two vic­tims of malaria. But Zam­bia’s im­mi­gra­tion chief had told Zam­bian me­dia the Chi­nese would have to be de­ported for vi­o­lat­ing the law. “Af­ter re­peated rep­re­sen­ta­tions by China’s For­eign Min­istry and its em­bassy in Zam­bia, on the af­ter­noon of June 6, the 31 Chi­nese cit­i­zens that had been seized and de­tained boarded a plane and left Zam­bia smoothly to re­turn home,” min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing said. – Reuters

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