Date
16 January 2017
Seven members of a 20-man Indian hockey team have allegedly overstayed their visa. They subsequently sought non-refoulement protection. Photo: Internet
Seven members of a 20-man Indian hockey team have allegedly overstayed their visa. They subsequently sought non-refoulement protection. Photo: Internet

Indian hockey club officials arrested in immigration probe

Two Indian hockey club officials have been arrested on suspicion of inducing others into making false statements to Hong Kong immigration authorities and breaching their conditions of stay.

The officials invited a hockey team from India for an event last year. The 20-member team arrived on Oct. 1 last year.

Apple Daily is reporting that seven team members overstayed their visas and subsequently made a claim for non-refoulement protection.

The remaining 13 had left Hong Kong before their visas expired.

The Immigration Department found that the seven did not take part in any hockey-related activities.

Investigations are ongoing and an immigration spokesman said more arrests are possible.

Anyone found guilty of making a false statement to the Immigration Department could be sentenced to up to 14 years in jail and fined up to HK$150,000 (US$19,260).

The penalty for overstaying and for assisting and instigating such offense is a HK$50,000 fine and and a jail term of up to two years.

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