17 October 2019
Siu Yau-wai (right) shows his temporary residence permit. He is flanked by Chow (left) and a lawyer. Photo:
Siu Yau-wai (right) shows his temporary residence permit. He is flanked by Chow (left) and a lawyer. Photo:

Woman charged over undocumented mainland boy

A 67-year-old woman has been released on bail after a young mainland boy was found living in Hong Kong for nine years without identity documents.

The woman, surnamed Chow, has been charged with inducing others to breach immigration rules, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Siu Yau-wai, 12, has been issued a temporary residence permit by immigration authorities.

Siu was abandoned by his parents in 2006 when he was three years old, the report said.

Chow said she found Siu without a Chinese household registration certificate and arranged for him to come to Hong Kong to live with her, using documents obtained from a third party.

She claimed Siu is her grandson.

Chow surrendered to the police after seeking help from trade unionist Chan Yuen-han, fearing the child will be left with no one to care for him when she dies.

She came to Hong Kong 20 years ago.

Legal experts said the Immigration Department has discretion to offer Siu right of abode.

However, they said it must first investigate the matter to avoid setting a bad precedent.

Immigration sources said DNA tests could be arranged to verify the biological relationship between Chow and Siu.

A spokesman said any investigation will take several other factors into consideration.

Details of the case will also have to be passed to mainland authorities, he said.

On Tuesday, Siu gave short answers during a press conference.

He said he mainly stayed home and was taught by Chow how to write. He would hide in a washroom at the sight of a policeman.

Chow said the recent death of a teenage girl who was found to have no identity documents prompted her not to dwell on Siu’s situation.

She said she is prepared to face the legal consequences of her actions.

Chan urged immigration authorities to wisely use their discretion, calling the plight of the woman and the boy a tragedy.

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