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Tuesday, Dec 06, 2022

Arrested speedboat fugitive Quinn Moon returns to HK from Chinese prison

Quinn Moon, one of the 12 Hongkongers caught by mainland Chinese authorities two years ago while trying to flee to Taiwan, returned on Monday after finishing her two-year sentence.
Quinn Moon, 33, arrived in Hong Kong around noon after finishing serving a jail sentence for her role in organizing an illegal border crossing two year ago. She was transferred to the Tin Shui Wai Police Station.

Moon is wanted by authorities in connection with a bomb-making case and is understood to face arrest when she arrives at the police station for allegedly making bombs in Sheung Shui in early 2020.

She served her term in Guangdong Women's Prison after she and Tang Kai-yin, 31, were charged with "abetting others in secretly crossing the border," sentenced to two and three years and fined 20,000 yuan (HK$23,020) and 15,000 yuan in Shenzhen in December 2020.

At around 9am on August 23, 2020, coast guards found the 12 on a vessel suspected of crossing the border illegally.

The 12 , aged 16 to 31, were detained on August 23, 2020, when mainland coastguards interdicted their vessel.

The fugitives were either facing prosecution or wanted by police over offenses committed between December 2019 and August 2020.

Except for Moon and Tang, the other 10 had been repatriated to Hong Kong. Tang is expected to be the last of the group of 12 to be sent back to the city.

Six of them pleaded guilty last month to intending to pervert the course of justice.

They are unemployed Liu Sze-man, 19; technician Cheng Tsz-ho, 20; student Cheung Chun-fu, 25; transport worker Cheung Ming-yu, 23; student Yim Man-him, 23; and student Kok Tsz-lun, 21.

The 12, along with others known as Cousin, Boomer, Sister Benz, Zizi and Grace, are understood to have communicated via apps and met face to face to plan the escape in a speedboat that Tang purchased.

Both Cheungs and Yim took boat steering lessons in July 2020 but were told by Moon that Tang would be in charge of it.

She also told them to tell law-enforcement officers they were going fishing if questioned and to surrender to the Mainland Affairs Council on arrival.
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