Hong Kong airport worker jailed in disguise ruse

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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 5:35 AM
Hong Kong airport worker jailed in disguise ruse

A Hong Kong airport worker has been sentenced to three years in prison for his part in helping a young Chinese asylum seeker board a flight to Canada disguised as an elderly Caucasian man.

The unidentified Chinese national boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver last October wearing a detailed silicone mask, then removed the disguise in a washroom during the flight.

The Hong Kong district court found Monday that airport ground services worker Chau Pak-kin was guilty of taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle people with false passports and boarding passes. Chau was sentenced Tuesday.

The disguised man was freed from detention in Vancouver in February on a $5,000 bond and has to report weekly to the Canada Border Services Agency.