Police arrest Filipino woman in charge and 26 customers in unlicensed bar in Central


17th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Police yesterday (16th) smashed an unlicensed bar run by a bogus refugee and arrested the person in charge and customers. During yesterday afternoon, police raided bars in the Central district and smashed a unit at 9-13 Li Yuen Street West. About 410 bottles of liquor and about HK$1,900 in cash were seized inside the unlicensed bar. The 40-year-old Filipino female bogus refugee in a bar is suspected of “selling alcohol without a licence”, “unlicensed possession of alcoholic beverages for sale”, “violating the conditions of stay” and violating the “Prevention and Control of Diseases (Requirements and Instructions) (Business and Premises) Regulations (Cap. 599F).

In addition, there were 11 male and 15 female customers in the bar, including 2 Bangladeshi men, 1 Sri Lankan, 4 Pakistani, 1 Indian, 1 Nepalese, 1 Indian woman, 14 Filipino women, and 2 local men (aged 23 to 63). They were arrested on suspicion of “drinking in premises without a liquor licence” and they also violated the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap 599G). They were being detained for investigation.