A MAGISTRATE presiding over a bail application hearing for three men charged over an alleged $8.5 billion cigarette smuggling racket yesterday took the unusual step of handing down guidelines on reporting restrictions. The 11-point guide in relation to committal proceedings, based on the Magistrates' Ordinance, was read out by Magistrate Jonathan Acton-Bond in Eastern Court. Copies of the guide were given to reporters. Mr Acton-Bond said it was to clarify widespread misunderstandings about the status of the proceeding. The bail hearing will today enter its third day, ahead of a committal hearing on April 26. The Crown is arguing for the court to keep in place a ruling last Thursday by Magistrate Yung Yiu-wing, which resulted in the trio's bail being revoked. During yesterday's hearing, the accused - Henfrey Tin Sau-kwong, 45, Chong Tsoi-jun, 49, and Yeung Kam-fai, 43 - appeared solemn and resolute and listened carefully to all arguments, which cannot be reported because of the restrictions. Barrister for Tin and Chong, Kevin Egan, thanked the court for allowing the accused access to razors overnight to improve their appearance. But he protested they had still not been able to shower for a day. Tin, a former Customs officer and friend of sacked Independent Commission Against Corruption deputy director of operations Alex Tsui Ka-kit, has been charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to offer advantages to other officers. Chong, a merchant, faces two charges of plotting to offer advantages. Tin and Chong are charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. All three defendants are charged with conspiring to export unmanifested cargo and conspiracy to defraud. A businessman expected to be a key witness in the hearing, Tommy Chui To-yan, 38, was murdered in Singapore on March 29.