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Filipino travellers warned on bringing restricted items to Hong Kong

| January 12, 2019


FiIipinos visiting or transiting through Hong Kong are advised on Friday against bringing restricted items such as personal defense weapons after a Filipino student was detained by airport authorities for carrying extendable batons in his luggage.

According to the Laws of Hong Kong, it is illegal for the residents of Hong Kong, visitors or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport, to carry the following items within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage

The Filipino student bound for Canada was transiting through Hong Kong when he was arrested and detained by airport authorities who found two extendable batons in his check-in luggage.

In an advisory issued Friday night, Consul General Antonio Morales said personal defense weapons such as stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas, extendible batons, flick knives, and knuckledusters are considered dangerous weapons in Hong Kong.

Unlicensed possession of these items is punishable by a fine of HKD100,000 and maximum sentence of five years imprisonment upon conviction.

Alonto said the student was held on January 8 but was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Friday, January 11, after legal representation and assistance were provided by the Philippine Consulate General.

According to Cap 217 ?Weapons Ordinance?, Laws of Hong Kong, any person who has possession of any prohibited items commits an offence.

According to Cap 217 ?Weapons Ordinance? , prohibited weapon included:
Chinese-style throwing dart
Gravity knife
Gravity-operated steel baton
Knuckleduster whether spiked or not and with or without blade
Chinese-style fighting iron
Spring-loaded steel baton
Any knife the blade of which is exposed by a spring or other mechanical or electric device
Any bladed or pointed weapon designed to be used in a fashion whereby the handle is held in a clenched fist and the blade or point protrudes between the fingers of the fist


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