Hong Kong Customs sternly clarifies false online rumours after officers were accused of trying to incriminate an ethnic minority young man

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Photos shows some of the suspected counterfeit goods, including wallets and watches, seized by Customs officers in the relevant case.

15th January 2022 – (Hong Kong)   ​With regard to Internet rumours that Customs officers were trying to incriminate an ethnic minority young man by fabricated evidence yesterday, a spokesman for Hong Kong Customs today solemnly clarified that the rumours are unfounded.

Customs yesterday conducted an operation in Kwai Chung to combat the sale of counterfeit goods and found five suspected counterfeit handbags, with an estimated market value of about HK$2,000, inside a parcel at a logistics company. Customs officers immediately conducted a surveillance operation on the delivery and arrested a 34-year-old male consignee under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. Eighty-nine items of suspected counterfeit goods with an estimated market value of about HK$40,000, including handbags, wallets and watches, were further seized on the scene.


The 34-year-old Indian man was suspected of selling counterfeit goods and became a target of the Hong Kong Customs. A few days ago, he bought a batch of counterfeit goods online and was intercepted by the Customs at the logistics centre. The Customs managed to trace his address and phone number. He was arrested at the time of signing the receipt of good and he tried to deny that he was the owner of the goods resulting in public misunderstanding.

Photos shows some of the suspected counterfeit handbags seized by Customs officers in the relevant case.

Investigation is ongoing.

 Customs stresses that all operations are conducted with fairness, impartiality and professionalism based on facts and evidence. The department denounces any such irresponsible remarks regarding the allegation of so-called “planting of evidence” by Customs posted on social media platform.

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