Date
17 January 2017
Hong Kong has more than 10,000 pending torture claim applications from asylum seekers. As of July, 12 of 2,200 applications had been approved. Photos: http://www.immd.gov.hk
Hong Kong has more than 10,000 pending torture claim applications from asylum seekers. As of July, 12 of 2,200 applications had been approved. Photos: http://www.immd.gov.hk

Hong Kong probes suspected refugee claim collusion

Hong Kong immigration authorities are investigating suspected collusion between asylum seekers and local entities.

The investigation focuses on recent incidents in which foreigners filed torture claim applications upon arrival to avoid deportation.

Sing Tao Daily is reporting that 228 torture claims were filed in the first eight months alone.

On Wednesday, six Indian men were denied entry by airport authorities but escaped deportation by filing torture claims immediately.

Five used the same lawyer.

The application triggered a process that allows them to stay in Hong Kong while their case is heard.

The six, aged 16 to 34, had initially denied knowing each other.

They told immigration officers they had traveled separately from New Delhi.

It was the fourth such incident in the past 10 days, altogether involving 12 Indian men seeking refugee status on account of torture in their home country.

Immigration officials said their claims are being processed.

They said they are investigating whether any collusion with Hong Kong parties is involved.

Hong Kong has more than 10,000 pending torture claim applications from asylum seekers.

As of July, 12 of 2,200 applications had been approved.

A total of 336 people have been deported or will be sent home shortly.

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