THE manager of a company in Kokopo was arrested and charged yesterday for remaining in Papua New Guinea without a current visa.
The arrest was the result of an operation carried out by inspectors Wane Wakendui and Mark Tavukin from the Labour and Industrial Relations Department who are in East New Britain inspecting work permits and visas.
Hou Zun Xin, 65, of Laoning province, in China, was picked up last Saturday at Takubar.
They found that his work permit expired in 2006.
The officers confirmed with the Labour Department’s work permit system in Port Moresby which revealed that Zun’s work permit expired three years ago but he was still in the country.
Zun is the manager of Hou Contractors and is contracted by Tropicana Limited in Kokopo.
According to Labour officials in Kokopo, he had not made any attempt to renew his work permit.
Yesterday, he was brought to the Kokopo police station by Labour officials where he was interviewed by police and charged under section 16, sub-section 1 of the PNG Immigration Act 1978 which has a maximum penalty of a K1,000 fine.
Zun’s lawyers made an application for bail yesterday at the Kokopo district court and he was allowed K1,000 bail.Zun will appear today before the district court to enter his plea.