The family of jailed journalist Ching Cheong will ask Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to take up his case after repeated attempts to lodge petitions with a Beijing court failed. Ching's elder brother, Ching Hai, yesterday said the Security Bureau had told the family it had been unable to pass to the Beijing Intermediate People's Court their petitions calling for Ching's release on medical parole and for him to serve his sentence in Guangzhou. 'A security official tried to hand in the petitions to the court twice in Beijing, but the court said that they would only accept petitions by post,' Mr Ching said after meeting the official in Hong Kong. The bureau then sent the petitions by post on December 1 but the court said it did not receive them, he quoted the official as saying. As a result, the family has to give the security bureau new copies of the petitions so they can again be sent to Beijing. 'But because the court said that it had already transferred all the documents to the detention centre, the petitions now have to be sent to the detention centre instead.' The runaround has confounded the family's hopes that Ching might be released or transferred to Guangzhou by the end of the year, making it easier to visit him. 'It is certain that the case will be delayed because the procedure cannot get under way as long as they claim that they haven't received the petitions,' he said. He said the family had decided to ask the chief executive to hand their petitions to state leaders when he makes a duty visit to Beijing this month. 'We hope the state leaders will help with our petitions,' he said. They are drafting the documents and will hand them to Mr Tsang within the next couple of days. Last month, the Beijing Higher People's Court upheld the verdict of a lower court, which in August found Ching, 56, guilty of spying for Taiwan and sentenced him to five years in prison.