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Former Hong Kong employer of 'tortured' maid denies charges in court

Published on Jun 10, 2014 1:48 PM
Former beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, leaving a district court in Hong Kong on June 10, 2014. The Hong Kong woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 20 charges of abusing her Indonesian domestic helper in a landmark case, with pictures of her bruised body prompting international outrage at the treatment of maids in the Asian financial centre. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked international concern on Tuesday denied all the charges against her.

Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested in January for seriously wounding Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, her former domestic helper.

She faces charges including grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages - a total of 20 counts, some of which also relate to her previous employees.

Prosecutors have said she turned household items such as a mop, a ruler and a clothes hanger into "weapons" against her maids.

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