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More civil servants using fake vax pass
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Community | Former Domestic Worker seeks damages from abusive former employers
COVID | 4 Civil Servants arrested for using alleged fraudulently obtained Covid-19 Vaccine Passes
Crime | Online Radio Host ‘Giggs’ jailed for sedition and money laundering
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Former Domestic Worker returns to Hong Kong to seek $930K from former employers for damages from abusive behaviour
Kartika Puspitasari, a former domestic worker has returned to Hong Kong to testify and seek monetary compensation from her abusive employers. Originally from Indonesia, Kartika came to work under her employers from 2010 to 2012 where they severely mistreated her. This sum includes covering future medical expenses, the physical and mental suffering caused and the inability to work.
They were said to have scalded her with a hot iron, slashed her with a paper cutter and used a bicycle chain to beat her. She was even tied up to a chair for four days without food while her employers went to Thailand for vacation. Her male and female employers were jailed for three years and three months, and five years, respectively.
Kartika fled from her employer’s home in October of 2012. She remained in Hong Kong for two years to assist with the police investigation, staying in shelter provided by the Indonesian consulate.
She is seeking compensation as she said she still suffers from immense physical pain and emotional trauma. Even after moving back to Indonesia and staying with her husband and three children, she continues to have nightmares and trembles when she sees anybody that resembles her former employers.
Though this case is extreme, it sheds light on the treatment of domestic workers in Hong Kong and the rights they have (or don’t have).
COVID in Hong Kong
New cases: 3983
Total cases: 1,791,638
New deaths: 2
Total deaths: 10,202
Compulsory Testing locations: 64
4 Civil Servants arrested for using alleged fakely gained Covid-19 vaccine exemption passes
The Hong Kong Police have arrested 4 civil servants after they were suspected of using Covid-19 vaccine exemption passes without any proper prior diagnosis. Allegedly, the four had purchased these exemption certificates from one of the six doctors who are currently wanted or arrested on suspicion os issuing the document without prior diagnosis.
Superintendent Alan Ching of the Kowloon West regional crime unit says that “as civil servants, I think [they] should set an example for others. Fraudulently obtaining vaccine exemption proof through illegal means is a selfish act. It not only increases the risk of infection to oneself, but also increases the risks for their co-workers and the members of the public they serve.”
These arrests were made based on a comprehensive review of several factors, including the price of the vaccine exemption passes, the patients’ medical history. Furthermore Ching added that they had consulted medical experts before taking action.
Pleading guilty to sedition and money laundering, ‘Giggs’ an online radio host is jailed
Edmund “Giggs” Wan has been sentenced to two years and eight months of prison. The court has also ordered Wan to hand over his assets worth of $4.87 million.
The HKFP reports that in 2020, Wan hosted 39 programmes between February and November that contained “seditious” content which “incited others to resist or overthrow the Chinese Communist Party and “promote Hong Kong Independence”.
In February 2020, Wan called for donations to help support protesters who were seeking refuge in Taiwan. Authorities say that there were some clear signs of money laundering as there was a disproportionate amount of numerous large transactions without clear reasons.
These money laundering charges were serious offences as they involved $10.3 million and lasted for over nine months, having more then 413 transactions. Wan is set to receive 2 years and 8 months of jail time. But, seeing as he has already been in custody for 20 months, it is possible that he could be released in a couple months.
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