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Hong Kong jails mainlander for 'pregnancy lie'

Published on Sep 18, 2012 8:50 PM
A posed picture of a pregnant woman. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong court sentenced on Tuesday a mainland Chinese woman to eight months in jail for lying about her pregnancy upon her entry into the city, as measures to limit mainland births are stepped up.

The 26-year-old woman entered Hong Kong in late August, when she was 38 weeks pregnant, on a fake medical certificate that claimed she had completed 28 weeks of pregnancy, a government statement said.

The woman, who said she came to the city for sightseeing, gave birth 10 days later. She was previously refused entry in June for not having a hospital booking. "Under the laws of Hong Kong, any person who makes false representation to an immigration officer commits an offence," an Immigration Department spokesman said about the eight months sentence.

"The Immigration Department will continue to step up checking at control points to prevent non-local pregnant women who do not have confinement booking from coming to Hong Kong."

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