13 Filipinos held in Hong Kong this year over stun guns

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THIRTEEN Filipino nationals visiting Hong Kong were arrested this year alone after they were caught carrying stun guns, according to the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the Philippine consulate has already recorded cases of 13 Filipinos getting arrested in Hong Kong in just the first quarter of 2014.

"Bringing such devices into the territory has been outlawed and prohibited under Hong Kong's Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance," said the DFA.

Prohibited devices upon entry to Hong Kong include stun guns, tear gas, bullets, extendible batons, flick knives, and knuckle busters.

Those who are caught bringing those restricted or prohibited stun devices are charged with Possession of Other Arms without License under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance.

If found guilty, they will be fined HK$100,000 and/or a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

"The Hong Kong authorities are very strict in enforcing the ordinance. All hand-carried and checked-in luggage of all passengers are subjected to strict security screening at all airport terminals in Hong Kong," said the DFA.

In 2012, 57 Filipinos were arrested and imprisoned for carrying restricted or prohibited stun devices in their hand-carried bags and checked-in luggage.

Last year, a total of 68 Filipino travelers transiting or entering Hong Kong as visitors, workers or residents were arrested and convicted for the same offense. (HDT/Sunnex)

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