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Independent Commission Against Corruption Commissioner Woo Ying-ming today tested positive via a COVID-19 nucleic acid test, the commission said. He is awaiting isolation arrangement from the Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection. Mr Woo last went to work on August 19. He wore a mask and followed disease prevention measures at work, including conducting rapid antigen tests daily. He has no recent travel history. The commission will thoroughly clean and disinfect the offices concerned, and continue to implement disease prevention measures vigorously. Relevant staff members will undergo COVID-19 tests according to the centre’s advice.
The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Block 18 of Cherry Mansions in Whampoa Garden which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice. The enforcement action was conducted from around 7am to 9.30am by the Kowloon City District Office together with Police and the Department of Health. During the operation, about 80 people's test records were checked. Three of them were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order.
The Security Bureau announced today that it has set up a dedicated task force on recent employment fraud in Southeast Asian countries to provide all possible help to assistance seekers. It reaffirmed that it attaches great importance to recent incidents in which Hong Kong people were suspected to have been lured to Southeast Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, and detained to engage in illegal work. In this regard, the bureau has set up a dedicated task force that includes representatives from the bureau, the Immigration Department and Police Force to co-ordinate follow-up action by the relevant law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in providing all possible help to assistance seekers. It explained that the task force will actively follow up on requests for assistance and maintain close contact with family members of the people concerned, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the local Chinese embassy or consulate general and INTERPOL to follow up on the cases. The bureau noted that the task force will provide assistance to secure the safe return of the people concerned to Hong Kong, including quarantine arrangements in the city. Meanwhile, Police’s Organized Crime & Triad Bureau has taken up the investigation of relevant cases. It will maintain close liaison with enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions and contact overseas LEAs in relation to the exchange of intelligence and assistance in investigations through the INTERPOL platform. Since January, Hong Kong's LEAs have received requests for assistance in relation to 20 Hong Kong people in total. Among them, 12 are confirmed to be safe and 10 others have returned to Hong Kong. Hong Kong residents who need help while staying outside Hong Kong may contact the department’s 24-hour hotline at (852) 1868, call the 1868 hotline by network data call via the department’s mobile application or submit the Online Assistance Request Form. Citizens should also make a report to Police as soon as practicable if a scam is suspected.
One of the most fundamental principles of the criminal justice system in Hong Kong is to ensure a fair trial and uphold due administration of justice, the Department of Justice said today. It made the remarks when responding to media enquiries on matters related to a case under the National Security Law (NSL). While pointing out that it does not comment on individual cases that are subject to ongoing legal proceedings, the department explained that when considering whether to issue a certificate under Article 46 of the NSL for a case to be tried without a jury, the Secretary for Justice would take into account the NSL’s relevant provisions and each case’s individual circumstances. The purpose of the relevant provisions that stipulate the arrangement for a case to be tried by a panel of three judges is precisely to ensure a fair trial and the due administration of justice. The arrangement does not undermine any legitimate rights and interests of the defendants, the department added.
The Government announced that the Fire Services Department (FSD) enhanced the anti-epidemic coach services at the Hong Kong International Airport starting today. It made the remarks in response to media enquiries on further enhancements of anti-epidemic vehicle services that transport people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from the airport to a designated community isolation facility (CIF). It explained that to comply with the Government’s quarantine arrangements, the FSD has been arranging anti-epidemic coaches with over 20 seats to provide transport services at fixed locations and times for inbound travellers who test positive for COVID-19 at the airport. Since March 30, such coaches have operated every three hours from 9am to midnight. Outside these hours, the Government also arranged other anti-epidemic vehicles to transport inbound travellers who have tested positive for COVID-19 to a CIF. This morning, the FSD arranged an anti-epidemic vehicle to transport three inbound travellers who tested positive for the virus from the airport to a designated CIF, in accordance with demand, at about 4am. From August 1 to 16, the FSD’s anti-epidemic coaches transported around 10 to 50 such individuals each day. The Task Group on Anti-epidemic Transportation led by the Transport & Logistics Bureau will continue to review the operation of the point-to-point transport services and liaise with relevant policy bureaus and departments to adjust the service in a timely manner in accordance with the actual situation and demand, the Government added.
The Security Bureau today said it attaches great importance to recent incidents in which Hong Kong people were suspected to have been lured to Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar and detained to engage in illegal work. Since January, the Immigration Department and Police have received 17 and 12 requests for assistance respectively. After receiving such reports, the Immigration Department's Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit immediately assisted the people concerned to report the cases to the local police upon their requests. The unit learnt that 12 of the Hong Kong people had left the relevant places safely. For the assistance seekers who have yet to leave, the unit will actively follow up on their cases and will keep close contact with their family members, the Hong Kong Police Force, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the local Chinese embassy or consulate general. Meanwhile, upon receipt of relevant reports, Police would maintain close contact with law enforcement agencies outside Hong Kong and reach the agencies through the INTERPOL platform to exchange intelligence and assist in investigations. The bureau reminded citizens to stay vigilant against employment fraud and not to trust online recruitment advertisements or comments lightly. They should also guard against claims of ways to earn quick money and jobs offering extraordinarily high remuneration with no specific requirements for academic qualifications or work experience. Hong Kong residents who need help while staying outside Hong Kong may call the Immigration Department's 24-hour hotline at (852) 1868, call the 1868 hotline using network data via the department's mobile app or submit the Online Assistance Request Form.
Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki, Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung and Commissioner of Police Siu Chak-yee officiated at the opening ceremony of the Junior Police Call (JPC) Summer Camp 2022. With the theme of "Be a Leader · Fight Crime Together", the summer camp, held at the JPC Permanent Activity Centre today, incorporated the five elements of the JPC’s new “IDEAS” strategy. The acronym stands for innovation, discipline, exposure, adventure and synergy. The JPC scheme aims to encourage young people to step out of their comfort zone, enhancing their resilience, team spirit and leadership skills and cultivating positive values through diversified activities. It also promotes fight crime messages among the participants. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Tang encouraged JPC members to unleash their potential and strive for continuous improvement. He expressed the hope that they would develop a sense of responsibility and discipline by participating in the JPC's diversified activities, thereby becoming law-abiding citizens and contributing to the development of the city and the country. This is the first time the JPC organised a summer camp at the JPC Permanent Activity Centre, in which six adventure day camps will be held in August, providing training to more than 600 JPC members. The members will take part in a variety of activities, including the Pat Heung Race, zip lining, Chinese-style foot drill and flag raising training as well as an anti-drug virtual reality game.
Chief Executive John Lee today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of former Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee and extended condolences to his family. Ambrose Lee was appointed Director of Immigration in 1998 and Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2002. He was appointed Secretary for Security in 2003, a post he held until June 30, 2012. The Chief Executive said Mr Lee was dedicated to serving the Hong Kong community over the years. During his tenure as Secretary for Security, he made exemplary contributions in such areas as the maintenance of law and order, immigration service, customs control, as well as fire services, correctional services and the government flying services. He also commanded the respect and love of government colleagues and those in the community who had worked with him. Ambrose Lee continued his dedication to serving the public after leaving the Government in 2012. He carried on with his contribution to the country and the city’s community when he became a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputy to the 12th National People’s Congress between 2013 and 2018. “Mr Ambrose Lee was a senior officer whom I respected. I was deeply impressed by his dedication and commitment to serving the people of Hong Kong when I worked with him in various positions in the past. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Ambrose Lee. On behalf of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, I extend my deepest condolences to his family.” Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung added that the Security Bureau is deeply saddened over Ambrose Lee’s passing and he extended his deepest condolences to Mr Lee’s family.
The Immigration Department today condemned netizens for spreading fake news, adding that it will take resolute follow-up action. It said some netizens recently spread fake news and a photo claiming that people who have made a declaration of permanent departure from Hong Kong for early withdrawal of their Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) would receive an envelope issued by the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, which requires them to hand over the envelope to Immigration Department staff upon their departure from Hong Kong according to the instruction stamped. The department stated that there is no such arrangement with the authority and the rumour is groundless and fictitious. It also pointed out that the envelope with a MPF promotional slogan printed on the top left corner as shown in the photo is a standardised envelope uniformly printed by the Government Logistics Department for all government bureaus and departments. The department condemned the ill-intentioned parties who intend to cause chaos by making use of the photo to disseminate false and untrue information.