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10 Chinese businesspeople released in Nepal

(Xinhua)

10:39, January 14, 2012

KATHMANDU, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ten Chinese businesspeople have been released after five days in police custody in Nepal, according to a source from the Chinese embassy's consular protection department in Nepal.

The source said they were released on Thursday thanks to active coordination by the embassy.

The 10, along with more than 30 other Chinese businesspeople, were detained during a security check at Jagati, Bhaktapur, a satellite city of the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Jan. 7.

The businesspeople, who had been doing business with Nepalis and had just come to Nepal to collect accounts receivable, were found in "illegal" possession of huge amount of cash when intercepted by Nepali police.

The Nepali police confiscated the money, and detained all those Chinese businesspeople.

The Chinese embassy in Nepal had previously secured the release of most of the businesspeople, but the recently released 10 had been kept in detention.

The Nepali police said the 10 businesspeople had carried cash of more than 5,000 U.S. dollars apiece, which was against the Nepali law.

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