Hong Kong news digest, August 16
'Attacked' inmate's family sue over custody death
The family of a Taiwanese inmate who died days after he was allegedly beaten up by prison officers is claiming damages from the Commissioner of Correctional Services. Chen Wei-ling claims her father Chen Chu-nan's death on August 16, 2009 - four days after he was remanded in custody - was caused by "assault", "torture" and failure to provide medical care. Three correctional services officers pleaded not guilty in the District Court on Monday to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Chen. Their trial continues.
Money exchange worker steals HK$500,000
A female employee at a money exchange shop in Sha Tin is being hunted by police after she made off with HK$500,000 yesterday. The woman, 42, was taking the money from the Tsuen Nam Road shop to a bank. Her boss called police when she did not return for three hours and the money was not deposited.
Pan-democrats make privacy complaint
Five candidates from the pan-democratic group Professional Commons complained to the privacy commissioner about an association of local delegates to provincial Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferences. They say the association collected personal information from professionals to canvass support for pro-Beijing candidates in September's Legislative Council election. The association said the data was not for election purposes and the commissioner's spokesman said it had not been demonstrated that the data was collected illegally.
Businessmen lost millions in rigged poker games
Five men have been arrested for conning three mainland businessmen out of more than 6 million yuan in rigged poker games after first luring them to a luxury flat in Constellation Cove, Tai Po, under the pretext of discussing property investment opportunites.