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  • Updated: October 30, 2023

US State Senator Released In Hong Kong After Firearm Possession Case Settlement

US State Senator Released In Hong Kong After Firearm Possess

Jeff Wilson, a Republican state senator from Washington, who was arrested in Hong Kong on October 21 for carrying an unloaded pistol in his carry-on luggage during a flight to the Chinese city, has been released after agreeing to a good behaviour order to settle the case.

Wilson, appearing under the name Stephen J Wilson in court records, described the incident as an "honest mistake."

In a Monday hearing, Hong Kong prosecutors reached an agreement to resolve the case by imposing a bind-over order, often used for minor offences.

Under this order, Wilson has committed to maintaining good behaviour for a two-year period. While Wilson did not need to enter a plea, breaching the court order could result in a HK$2,000 (RM1,218) fine, as confirmed by principal magistrate Don So.

Wilson's office had previously issued a statement stating their expectation that the situation would be resolved shortly.

The state legislator maintained that he was unaware of the pistol's presence in his briefcase when he passed through U.S. airport security, only discovering the unloaded weapon mid-flight. He promptly reported the issue to customs officials upon landing in Hong Kong.

Possessing firearms or ammunition without a license in Hong Kong carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail and a HK$100,000 fine.

 

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