Date
25 March 2017
Swalikh Mohammed (inset) says the five men arrested are between 24 and 37 years old. The victim had stayed in Chungking Mansions for more than 10 days. Photos: RTHK, Wikipedia
Swalikh Mohammed (inset) says the five men arrested are between 24 and 37 years old. The victim had stayed in Chungking Mansions for more than 10 days. Photos: RTHK, Wikipedia

5 South Asian asylum seekers held in robbery of Indian tourist

Police arrested five men of South Asian origin Monday who were suspected of robbing an Indian tourist a day earlier in Tsim Sha Tsui, HK01.com reported.

Witnesses reported to police at 9:30 p.m. Sunday that a dozen South Asians beat and robbed the victim on the road across from Chungking Mansions.

The attackers fled before police arrived.

The 43-year-old tourist from India had stayed in a hotel in the building for more than 10 days.

He was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be treated for head injuries.

Police later found that the man was robbed of a gold necklace and some cash, estimated to be worth about HK$27,000 (US$3,741) in total.

Following an investigation, police arrested five suspects, aged between 24 and 37, and charged them with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, the report said, citing Chief Inspector Swalikh Mohammed of the crime unit of Yau Tsim police district.

All those arrested had reportedly sought asylum in Hong Kong on the basis of claims of torture.

Director of Immigration Eric Chan Kwok-ki said at a news conference Monday that his department is reviewing the mechanism that screens asylum claims on all applicable grounds, as it has been found to have been abused, public broadcaster RTHK reported.

Chan said many people apply for asylum using torture claims after they are arrested for committing crimes. 

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