Hong Kong authorities have released Harry Findlay, a Zambian national, who was in custody following his arrest over the possession of an alleged falsified passport.
This follows the intervention and representation by the Zambian government to the authorities in China and Hong Kong.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Kabinga Pande confirmed the release of Mr. Findlay in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka
Mr. Findlay arrived in Hong Kong from Beijing, China on April 21st this year and presented his Zambian passport for immigration arrival formalities but a record check however, revealed that Mr. Findlay had previously traveled to Hong Kong under a different passport which bore a different date of birth.
He was then detained and subsequently charged with two counts of using a false travel document and two counts of making false representation to an Immigration Assistant.
Mr. Findlay appeared in the Shatin Magistrates Court on April 30th and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was scheduled to reappear for judgment on June 18, 2009.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Kabinga Pande said following government representation to the relevant authorities in both China and Hong Kong, the case against Mr. Findlay has since been withdrawn.
Mr. Pande has since expressed the Zambian government’s gratitude to the government of China for the release of Mr. Findlay.
He said this attests to the fact that Zambia and China enjoy warm and cordial relations.