Mainland police asked the Hong Kong government to confiscate more than HK$60 million from a woman whose boyfriend was convicted of manufacturing and trafficking dangerous drugs on the mainland. Acting on the request of mainland authorities, Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung yesterday applied in the Court of First Instance for an external confiscation order to seize the sum from Yam Chim-kwan, on the belief that the money was proceeds from drug-related offences for which Yam's boyfriend, Thao Phoumy Chan, was jailed for life on the mainland in 2008. Horace Wong Yuk-lun, SC, for the Department of Justice, said mainland authorities were seeking to confiscate the money under two mainland laws which empowered them to seize the sum as a punitive fine and also as proceeds from criminal activities. Judge Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, however, said he intended to put the application on hold until the conclusion of a 12-day trial scheduled for the District Court next month in which Yam is expected to face five charges of money laundering over the funds in question in the confiscation order, which she allegedly laundered using three bank accounts. Cheung said he wanted to avoid making any prejudgment on the confiscation order in case Yam is acquitted of the five charges. He adjourned the hearing until after the verdict in Yam's case. The hearing is expected to last for four days.