Former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and former co-chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (00016.HK), Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong, were allowed to stay in individual wards in a prison hospital at Stanley after they were convicted in a high-profile graft case.
Hui, Kwok and two others who were given jail sentences last week were transferred to Stanley Prison, one of the six maximum security facilities in the city, from Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre where they spent their Christmas, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.
Based on their medical reports, authorities will decide whether or not to keep the four in individual cabins at the prison, the report said.
The Hong Kong Correctional Services has refuted media reports that said that Kwok was being allowed to keep his regular hair style. Any requests to maintain special hair style will only be granted if there are sufficient religious or health reasons, it said.
Kwok is reported to have put in a request that he be allowed to have his hair covering his ears in view of some physical condition.
Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, whose famous long locks were sheared in June when he was sentenced to jail for four weeks, has called for the correctional services authority to explain the request application process and the approval criteria.
Hui and Kwok had been given jail sentences along with Sun Hung Kai former executive Thomas Chan Kui-yuen and Francis Kwan Hung-sang, a former senior executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (00388.HK).
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