Date
17 October 2017
Legislator Chan Yuen-han (right) presented Siu Yau-wai (left) to media in May. His grandmother Chow Siu-suen (inset) was accompanied by a lawyer to the immigration department on Thursday. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Legislator Chan Yuen-han (right) presented Siu Yau-wai (left) to media in May. His grandmother Chow Siu-suen (inset) was accompanied by a lawyer to the immigration department on Thursday. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Siu Yau-wai’s grandmother set to face trial

The grandmother of Siu Yau-wai, the 12-year-old boy who returned to the mainland after staying illegally in Hong Kong for nine years, is set to face trial for assisting and instigating another person to violate the conditions of his stay, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Chow Siu-suen, 70, was accompanied by Sze Lai Shan of the Society For Community Organization, a human rights group, and a lawyer when she appeared at the Immigration Department office in Kowloon Bay on Thursday, Apple Daily reported on Friday.

Chow was subsequently taken to the immigration office in To Kwa Wan, and was allowed to remain free until a court hearing is scheduled.

Under the existing law, any person found guilty of violating conditions of stay could face a fine of HK$50,000 and imprisonment of up to two years.

The Immigration Department has refused to comment on the case as it has entered the legal process.

Sources said Siu is now living in Shenzhen and his grandparents take turns to return to the mainland to look after him.

While he has already obtained a mainland identity card, he has yet to secure a place in a school.

Siu turned himself in to immigration authorities on May 21 after staying in Hong Kong illegally for nine years.

Siu’s case raised an uproar in the community after he was given a temporary permit with the assistance of legislator Chan Yuen-han, prompting Siu to return to the mainland voluntarily on June 4.

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