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Foreigners busted for expired visas

Authorities in Preah Sihanouk province yesterday said they arrested two foreign nationals for overstaying their visas, at least one of whose visa, they said, is two years out of date.

Italian national Oliver Montanari, whose visa expired in 2012 and American national William Barron were taken into custody on Monday, after the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration in Phnom Penh discovered their visa situation, said newly appointed provincial police chief Chuon Narin.

“We decided to send them to the General Department of Immigration for legal action, and will send them home,” Narin said. “We found one has lived here with a visa that expired 890 days ago, and the other has no passport or any documentation.”

Narin declined to specify how Montanari and Barron’s illegal immigration statuses were detected.

A US national, who asked not to be named because his visa had also expired, said that an English and a French national were also recently arrested under similar circumstances.



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