HONG KONG: A Hong Kong woman who allegedly tortured her Indonesian domestic helper in a case which sparked international concern is facing new charges relating to unpaid wages and owed holidays, a court heard on Tuesday.
Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested in January for seriously wounding Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, her former domestic helper.
Sulistyaningsih said she suffered months of severe abuse in a high-profile case which has renewed worries over the treatment of domestic helpers in the southern Chinese city and sparked angry protests.
Time magazine on Friday named Sulistyaningsih as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, hailing her bravery in speaking out against her ex-employer.
Twenty-five new summonses were read out during a hearing Tuesday at which a presiding magistrate agreed with prose–cutors that the case should be transferred to a higher court.
The summonses referred to various periods when Law failed to grant Sulistyaningsih a total of 16 days leave, as well as unpaid wages amounting to about HK$28,000 ($3,611), a department of justice spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse.
The case was adjourned until May 20. Law remained silent throughout except when she told the magistrate she understood the new charges.