A mainland woman who sparked a controversy by taking photos last month in a Hong Kong courtroom during a trial, and was penalized for it, is once again in the news — this time for biting an immigration officer.
Tang Lin-ling, 35, who was deported back to the mainland on June 4 after being a given a short jail term for criminal contempt of court, tried to re-enter Hong Kong Wednesday night, making the second such attempt since her removal from the city.
She was denied entry by immigration officials at the Hong Kong International Airport and taken to a detention room, on the ground of “doubtful purpose of visit”, according to Apple Daily.
As she did not have a return flight ticket, and as there were no flights late in the night, she was made to stay in the room before arrangements were made for her deportation the next morning.
On Thursday, immigration staff was preparing to escort her to a Hong Kong Airlines plane that was scheduled to leave for Beijing at 7:40 am.
According to sources at the scene, Tang was not cooperative, and sat on a wheelchair, Apple Daily reported.
As she was being escorted to the plane, she is said to have suddenly bit a female officer’s hand.
The officer was wearing a glove, yet the bite was apparently strong enough to cause some bleeding.
The immigration official was taken to a hospital for treatment, while Tang was put aboard the aircraft and returned to Beijing.
The Immigration Department said it has reported the incident to the police.
A frontline employee of the department, meanwhile, has criticized the victim’s supervisor, accusing the senior of not calling the police immediately or not arresting Tang after what happened.
Tang was able to escape legal punishment, the victim’s colleague said, noting that justice has not been done to the wounded officer.
Returning to Tang, Wednesday was the second time she had tried to enter Hong Kong since her June 4 removal after High Court Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai sentenced her to seven days in jail for criminal contempt of court.
Tang received the jail term after she took photos in a courtroom on May 23, while sitting in the public gallery, during a trial in connection with the Mong Kok clashes of February 2016.
Some of the photos she took were allegedly uploaded to her WeChat messenger account.
Under Hong Kong laws, photography in a courtroom is prohibited, and such activity could constitute a serious offense.
Following the sentencing on June 4, Tang was deported to the mainland that same night as her days of detention were counted for the jail sentence given to her.
On June 8, the mainlander attempted to enter Hong Kong via the e-channel at Lo Wu checkpoint, only to be caught and denied entry at the land border crossing.
But that didn’t stop her from trying again, this time opting for the air route.
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