A Hong Kong computer technician was convicted today of stealing the racy photos of actor-singer Edison Chen that shocked the Chinese-speaking world when they were circulated on the internet last year. The photos showed Chen performing sex acts with eight Hong Kong actresses and singers. They caused an uproar in the socially conservative ethnic Chinese community and forced the Chinese-Canadian entertainer and the other stars to take extended breaks. The technician, Sze Ho-chun, was convicted of three counts of accessing a computer for dishonest gains and was remanded to custody pending sentencing in two weeks, Sze's lawyer, Kelvin Lai, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. Television footage showed Sze arriving at court for the verdict wearing a surgical mask and sunglasses, with his head covered by a hat and a hooded jacket. Magistrate Tong Man said Sze committed a serious crime by betraying the trust of his client and that he will likely sentence the technician to a prison term, radio RTHK reported on its website.
CHINA: Sentence due for technician in Edison Chen sex picture scandal
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Twins singer Gillian Chung has revealed that she, like actress Cecilia Cheung, bumped into an apologetic Edison Chen on a plane after the rapper's sleazy pictures of the women were stolen and circulated online. Unlike Cheung - who made peace with Chen on a flight from Taipei to Hong Kong on Mother's Day in - Chung did not know how to face her former boyfriend and asked to change seats so she would not have to sit behind him, the singer was quoted as saying. According to Sing Tao Daily and Nownews website, which cited Chung's interview with a magazine that was released on Sunday, Chen noticed her on the flight out of Hong Kong but did not disturb her. Instead, he wrote his former girlfriend a long apology letter on the spot, and had someone pass it to her later.
Gillian Chung talks sex photo scandal: Edison Chen wrote her a long apology letter on the plane
Many local newspapers headlined the story consecutively during the first fortnight of February , relegating coverage of the Chinese winter storms to secondary prominence during Chinese New Year. In a crackdown which itself became a controversial item, the Hong Kong police enlisted the assistance of Interpol to stem the spread of the photographs. The police crackdown raised questions over violations of the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users.