3 years' jail for helping stowaways at airport

An airport ground staff member was jailed for three years for helping unauthorised passengers to board planes with forged documents in what a judge termed a deterrent sentence to underline the severity of the offence.

Wednesday, 19 October, 2011, 12:00am

Judge slams stowaway accused

An airport ground staff member has been convicted and another acquitted after they were accused of helping seven stowaways - including a young mainlander disguised as an elderly Caucasian - to board planes with false documents.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Stowaway trial told of weird 'old man'

A flight attendant yesterday told a court hearing charges against two airport ground employees how he became suspicious of what appeared to be 'a strange old man' with youthful looking hands who had boarded a flight to Canada in October.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

heavy traffic

1 After drugs and guns, what does the third-largest smuggling industry in Mexico deal in?

2 If an Australian donned 'budgie smugglers' what would he be preparing to do?

3 Snakeheads smuggle what?

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

HK African stowaways' grim fight for life laid bare

Harrowing details have emerged of the desperate struggle of three African stowaways to escape a locked container in the hold of a ship moored off Hong Kong which ended in their deaths.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Tackling the two-bullet tourists

Hong Kong has gone to great lengths to attract foreign visitors to our shores. But package trips of the kind revealed in a court case yesterday are most unwelcome.

This rather unusual form of tourism was described by the judge as the 'two-bullet tour'. And the 'travel agents' are snakehead gangs in Vietnam.

27 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Stowaway's body found under jet

A stowaway has been found dead in the wheel compartment of a passenger jet that arrived in Japan from Hong Kong.

The partly decomposed body of the male stowaway, who was in his 20s, was found beneath an All Nippon Airways Boeing 777 jet.

It was discovered when a ground crew member examined the aircraft after it arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday.

20 Mar 2003 - 12:00am


SCENE OF THE CRIME: A TV screen showing images of the interior of a truck examined by a mobile X-ray system is displayed by Customs officers, who hope the multimillion-dollar equipment will enable them to outwit smugglers.

16 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Stowaways 'could have died'!

The 12 stowaways found inside a container bound for the United States on Sunday were all semi-conscious and could have died if they had not been discovered, police revealed yesterday.

Organised Crime and Triad Bureau officers believe they have smashed a major human smuggling syndicate that may have links to previous stowaway cases this year.

12 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Smugglers' bid to beat carbon dioxide test

The smugglers who put 12 stowaways on board a Hong Kong container bound for the US used plastic sheets inside the doors to thwart hi-tech carbon dioxide detectors, officers said yesterday.

12 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Five more arrested over IIs

Police have arrested five more men over the attempted smuggling of 26 stowaways to the United States from Hong Kong by container ship.

Investigators say several other suspects have fled to the mainland.

17 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Illegal immigrants get jail terms

Updated at 6.53pm: Twenty-four men found hiding in a US-bound container last month were sentenced to prison terms on Thursday, in the first case of its kind in which mainland stowaways were caught in Hong Kong and convicted.

2 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Pleas to retrieve bodies of Dover IIs ignored

Relatives of the Fujian stowaways who suffocated to death in a container in the English port of Dover this year said yesterday the mainland had repeatedly ignored pleas to collect the bodies.

Parents have made repeated requests to the Fuqing Public Security Bureau after DNA samples were taken by British detectives in September to confirm the identities of the dead.

21 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Stowaways arrested

Eight women illegal immigrants were arrested at High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung. It is understood the group had set off from Shenzhen in a fishing boat and had hidden near the east dam of the reservoir.

2 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

'Snakehead' home attacked

Fujian villagers who believe their relatives were among the 58 Chinese found dead in a truck at a British port attacked the luxury home of a suspected snakehead yesterday.

The families vented their fury on the six-storey Jiudian village home of He Zhongfang, 100km south of Fuzhou. He had fled after the bodies were found in an air-tight container in Dover on Monday.

24 Jun 2000 - 12:00am