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Arrests made in 'disguised' passenger case

HONG KONG, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Eight people have been arrested for allegedly helping sneak people onto flights from Hong Kong to Canada, an official says.

A spokeswoman for Hong Kong's Immigration Department says the suspects, all current or former airport employees, were responsible for getting at least nine people into Canada illegally and could be linked to a boarding passes smuggling ring, PostMedia News reported Monday.

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In one instance, the suspects allegedly helped a young Asian man, believed to be a Chinese national in his 20s, board an Air Canada flight in Hong Kong in October wearing a mask that made him appear to be an elderly Caucasian for the flight to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he has requested asylum.

The ring had "smuggled at least nine illegal migrants to Canada," the immigration spokesman said. At least five cases occurred between April and October.

The eight are "suspected to have been involved in boarding-pass swapping, possibly selling, and conspiracy to defraud the airline operator in assisting the illegal migrants to board Canada-bound flights," he said.

The smuggling ring had been charging each client about $45,000, immigration officials said.

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