Han can stay for another month
LABOUR activist Han Dongfang has been granted a one-month extension to stay in Hong Kong so he can continue his negotiations with Beijing to return to his homeland.
A Hong Kong government spokesman yesterday confirmed that the Hong Kong Director of Immigration had extended Mr Han's visa to October 22. It was due to expire tomorrow.
Mr Han has been engaged in negotiations with the Chinese authorities since the Public Security Ministry announced two weeks ago that the 30-year-old activist might be allowed home if he could fulfil certain conditions.
In a separate development, the Hong Kong Journalists' Association yesterday said it had written to the Beijing Supreme People's Court asking for leniency for two mainland journalists jailed recently.
Wu Shishen, a former sub-editor of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), was sentenced to life imprisonment for selling a speech by Communist Party boss Jiang Zemin to a Hong Kong reporter. Wu's wife, Ma Tao, was jailed for six years.