Date
17 January 2017
The man pleaded guilty Monday in a magistrate's court in Sha Tin. Photo: RTHK
The man pleaded guilty Monday in a magistrate's court in Sha Tin. Photo: RTHK

Vietnamese illegal worker gets 15 months in prison

A Vietnamese man was sentenced in a Sha Tin magistrate’s court Monday to 15 months in prison.

In a joint operation codenamed “Champion” with Hong Kong police April 13, immigration officers carried out a raid at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals.

The 35-year-old Vietnamese was found working in a warehouse.

When asked for his identity document, he produced a recognizance form, which is issued by the Immigration Department to overstayers seeking asylum and which prohibits them from working.

The man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of taking up employment in Hong Kong without the authority of the director of immigration and while being a person in respect of whom a removal order is in force.

He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, the sentence recommended under court guidelines.

A spokesman for the department warned the public that it is an offence for illegal immigrants or people who are the subject of a removal order or a deportation order to take up any employment or to establish or join in any business.

Offenders face a maximum fine of US$50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment.

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