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Hong Kong Man Jailed over Edison's Nude Photo Scandal
    2008-07-25 06:49:33     Shanghai Daily

A Hong Kong man has become the first person to be convicted of uploading nude photos on to the Internet .

Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts sentenced Kwok Chun-wai to two months in prison with two years of probation, according to Sina.com.

Kwok, 24, was found uploading about 140 explicit photos of actor and singer Edison Chen and several female celebrities in January and February. Eighty-four photos were judged to be obscene.

The magistrate said it was necessary to jail Guo because the photographs harmed the people in them even though the defendant didn't make any money from the images.

Kwok was reportedly an office clerk at a logistics company and was studying for a bachelor's degree.

Kwok confessed when he was detained, but said he only wished to share the photos with friends, the report said.

Police on the mainland also took action to crack down on the distribution of sexually explicit photos featuring Chen.

At least 13 people have been arrested on the Chinese mainland in connection with the photos. Chinese law prohibits the production, duplication, selling or circulation of pornographic products.

A 25-year-old man, surnamed Wei, was arrested on February 12 for allegedly uploading 1,174 shots on to a chat room site. The photos featured Chen with female celebrities, according to the Internet supervision police brigade in Zibo, Shandong Province.

Another man, surnamed Li, was detained for 10 days and fined 3,000 yuan (US$420) on February 15 for uploading more than 180 copies of the photos to his personal Webpage. Police in Tai'an, Shandong, said Li, 21, provided links and codes to access the photos through his Webpage to increase popularity of his Webpage.

In February, Chen apologized publicly and announced he was quitting the Hong Kong entertainment industry. He admitted he took most of the photos.



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