Friends and relatives of wrongly jailed teenager Lin Qiaoying began to snub her when allegations of involvement in people smuggling were levelled against her following her release from prison, she claimed in an interview with the Post. She was speaking shortly before leaving Hong Kong in early February at the end of her marathon testimony against part-time interpreter Wong Kin-ang, 45, and immigration assistant Wong Chui-kam, 28, who were acquitted yesterday of perverting the course of justice. In the interview, Ms Lin insisted she would continue to press for compensation from the Hong Kong Government whatever the outcome of the trial. 'I hate Hong Kong so much, but I have to return because I have suffered too much,' she said, claiming that although her conviction had been quashed, she had been snubbed by friends and relatives. 'Some of our friends and the Fuzhou natives in the United States started to distance themselves from us,' she said. 'My family was perplexed.' Her elder brother, Lin Youtong, 22, who accompanied her throughout the trial, said firmly: 'Money is not our consideration. We are not afraid of allegations of us being involved in people-smuggling. I can only say we are innocent.' The teenager said she would never forget the ordeal she had gone through while being detained in prison for two months and three days for possession of a forged passport that later proved genuine. 'I remember I had so many sleepless nights in prison and I had to take cold baths during the winter,' she said. Lin Qiaoying said her family became desperate and had frantically searched for her while she was in custody. Her parents even rushed to the Chinese Consulate in New York to ask if it had issued their daughter a forged passport, she said. The grade 10 student said the SAR Government should be held responsible for the mess it had caused. When asked why she dared throw a Bible and documents on to the floor in court, she said she was not afraid of anything after being in prison. 'I was provoked by [defence lawyer Neville Sarony SC]. I'm not afraid of going back to prison again. He asked me what is the colour of a New York taxi. It's a stupid question. It is impossible that people staying in New York would not have known the colour of a taxi.' She said the name Chan Lai-na, the identity she allegedly was forced to assume while being questioned by immigration officers, was her classmate in a private English tutoring institution in New York. She said she was glad Ms Chan was not mad with her. 'When [Ms Chan] learned about the incident, she joked with me that she could not go to Hong Kong in future as she would be mistaken for Lin Qiaoying.' The teenager, who emigrated with her family to New Jersey in 1995, admitted her English was not good, but insisted it was good enough for daily communication. Her level of English was attacked by Mr Sarony in his attempts to show she was not a credible witness. After all she had gone through, Ms Lin said she just wanted to go back to school. 'I hope everything will return to normal when this is all over,' she said. Countdown to acquittal July 19, 1999 Ms Lin leaves the US for Fuzhou. October 9, 1999 Ms Lin leaves Fuzhou, and is detained at Chek Lap Kok. October 12, 1999 Ms Lin pleads guilty, and is sentenced to four months' jail. December 15, 1999 Ms Lin granted bail, pending appeal. January 28, 2000 A government expert confirms Ms Lin's passport is genuine. January 31, 2000 Ms Lin has conviction quashed. February 1, 2000 Police investigation starts. Ms Lin gives a statement. March 2-6, 2000 Police fly to US for statements. July 18, 2000 Immigration officers Lung Kin-sang and Wong Chui-kam and part-time interpreter Wong Kin-ang are charged with perverting the course of justice. January 9, 2001 The officers' trial starts. January 16, 2001 Mr Lung cleared. February 23, 2001 Remaining two acquitted.