Bangladeshi illegal worker jailed by Shatin Magistrates’ Courts

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4th May 2021 – (Hong Kong) A Bangladeshi illegal worker holding a recognisance form was jailed by Shatin Magistrates’ Courts yesterday.

During a joint operation conducted by the Immigration Department (ImmD), the Hong Kong Police Force and the Labour Department codenamed “Champion” on 28th April, a male Bangladeshi illegal worker, aged 32, was arrested while working as a porter in Kwun Tong District. Upon identity checking, he produced a recognisance form issued by the ImmD for inspection, which prohibits him from taking employment. Further investigation revealed that he was a non-refoulement claimant. An employer suspected of employing the illegal worker was also arrested and an investigation is ongoing.

 The illegal worker was charged at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts yesterday with taking employment after landing in Hong Kong unlawfully and remaining in Hong Kong without the authority of the Director of Immigration or while being a person in respect of whom a removal order or deportation order was in force. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment. Meanwhile, he was also charged with one count of being in possession of a false instrument and one count of making a false representation to an ImmD staff member. He was sentenced to four months’ and eight months’ imprisonment respectively. All sentences are to run concurrently. Moreover, he was charged with one count of taking employment after landing in Hong Kong unlawfully and remaining in Hong Kong without the authority of the Director of Immigration or while being a person in respect of whom a removal order or deportation order was in force in 2017. During the court hearing, he absconded after he was released on court bail. Now the case was collectively considered. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, with parts of the sentences to run consecutively, making a total of 20 months’ imprisonment.

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