China expels detained journalist

November 01, 1992|By New York Times News Service

BEIJING -- The government said yesterday it had ordered th expulsion from China of a Hong Kong journalist who has been detained for a week on charges she offered bribes in exchange for secret documents.

The journalist, Leung Wai-min, a 32-year-old reporter for the Hong Kong Express newspaper, was detained in the early hours of Oct. 25 and kept incommunicado at an unknown location.

China said that Ms. Leung would be forced to leave "within a limited period of time," but there was no indication she had been released.

By deciding to deport Ms. Leung, instead of putting her on trial, the Chinese authorities apparently were trying to calm anxieties in Hong Kong over the issue.

Ms. Leung's detention reminded Hong Kong journalists that they will be under Communist rules after the territory reverts to China in 1997.

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