Illegals breaking work law face 15 months' jail

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 October, 2010, 12:00am

Illegal immigrants convicted of working in contravention of a law introduced a year ago should be jailed for 15 months, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The law came into force last November, making it unlawful for people who have entered Hong Kong illegally or are facing deportation to work. The court made the decision after hearing magistrates had divergent views on the issue. The ruling came in the appeals of four illegal immigrants and an overstayer who were released after claiming refugee and asylum status but arrested for breaching the new law.