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Man fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $3,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (September 11) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in February this year, the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Mong Kok Road, Mong Kok, which has been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC). During the investigation, OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for drinks without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club. Condition 19 was breached.
     The man, being the CoC holder, was charged with contravening section 21(2) of the Ordinance.

     A spokesman for the department reminded all CoC holders to comply with the conditions as stipulated therein. Enforcement action would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.

Ends/Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:30


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