Security personnel at the VC Bird International Airport recently interviewed a Chinese national, who was in transit here on his way to the twin island Federation.
Acting on information received, the local airport security personnel interrogated XIanbin Li, a Chinese national, who was in possession of a St Kitts & Nevis passport.
The authorities were alerted that there was an arrest warrant for XIanbin Li for embezzlement, as he travelled through the VC Bird International Airport on route to St. Kitts.
Xlanbin Li, who also possessed a Canadian investor visa was checked and interviewed at VC Bird International Airport as he headed to St. Kitts & Nevis.
The personnel at the VC Bird International airport received the alert, which was sent out by the CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) – a system that garners information on passengers travelling through certain CARICOM countries on international and regional flights.
Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis are among some CARICOM countries that participate in the APIS programme.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Charles “Max” Fernandez told OBSERVER media that Antigua was just a transit point for Xlanbin Li as he was on route to St. Kitts and the appropriate checks were made in Antigua and the St Kitts authorities were notified of his information before he arrived there.
“Antigua and Barbuda was one of the first countries in the region to take legislation to Parliament to enact the APIS system,” Fernandez said, adding that the use of APIS “strengthens border security of Antigua and Barbuda, along with the added security in the passport”.
Fernandez further stated that “we have a duty to protect our citizens and our visitors, just like any other country” and that “border security is heightened and continues to be improved whenever there is an opportunity to do so”.