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Correctional Services Department combats illicit activities

     The Correctional Services Department (CSD) today (January 5) launched an operation at Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution to combat illicit activities.

     Based on intelligence, a bag of homemade orange wine was recently seized in one of the dormitories by the management of Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution. The management subsequently launched a series of operations to combat illicit activities inside the institution. Four persons in custody were found in possession of unauthorised articles during search operations conducted in the past two days and were placed on disciplinary report.

     At 2pm yesterday (January 4), about 40 persons in custody refused to leave the dining hall for work and demanded the institutional management to quash the disciplinary actions against the four concerned persons in custody. The management refused their demand and ordered them to proceed to the workshops. After repeated warnings, all the persons in custody proceeded to the workshops in batches.

     As revealed by intelligence reports, some persons in custody intended to make use of the recent incidents to organise illicit collective actions against the management. Following assessment and detailed planning, the department today deployed reinforcement to conduct search operations on targeted locations and persons in custody. Up to now, five persons in custody suspected to have been involved in the illicit collective actions were removed from normal association for investigation.

     In order to assist persons in custody to rehabilitate under a safe and orderly environment, the CSD spares no effort in combating illicit activities of any kind in its institutions.

     Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution is a medium security prison for the detention of male adult persons in custody who have repeated imprisonment records.

Ends/Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:21