Two mainland transit passengers get 11 months for using false instruments

Monday, October 11, 2021

Two mainland transit passengers were sentenced to 11 months' imprisonment at the Shatin Magistrates' Courts on October 8 for using false visas.

The two men, aged 37 and 41, were intercepted by Immigration Department investigators on July 13 during a surprise operation to inspect passengers in a restricted area of the Hong Kong International Airport.

A further investigation was conducted after the investigators cast doubts on the Mexican visit visas they were holding.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the duo arrived at Hong Kong International Airport via the sea-to-air transfer ferry service from Shenzhen Shekou Port on July 13, with the intention to connect with a flight for Mexico via the Netherlands on the same day.

They admitted to having procured the questionable Mexican visit visas from a middleman at the cost of RMB6,000 to RMB10,000 to facilitate their trip to Mexico. After an examination, their Mexican visit visas in hand were verified to be forged.

The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge of using false instruments at Shatin Magistrates' Courts on October 8 and were each sentenced to 11 months' imprisonment.

An Immigration Department spokesman warned that, under the laws of Hong Kong, it is an offense to make, possess or use false instruments. Upon conviction, offenders are liable to a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.