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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 

Hong Kong Democratic Party Candidate Arrested on Mainland Without Trial

NYT: Hong Kong Democratic Party candidate Alex HO had been arrested in mainland China on charges of soliciting a prostitute and had been sentenced without trial to six months in detention. According to the report, Mr. Ho might have been framed.

"Under Hong Kong law, Mr. Ho will be disqualified from election if he has been sentenced to three or more months in prison, or if he is still in prison on election day."

The Standard reports that Department of Justice is to consider whether he has been convicted of a crime under Hong Kong law.

So was Mr. Ho framed? ESWN argues that it depends on whether you read the English-language or Chinese-language coverage.

See also: Alex Ho and the Murkiness of Chinese Law by Hong Kong Reportage.

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