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Verdict in photo scandal

A COMPUTER technician in Hong Kong has been convicted of stealing the 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.

These photos caused an uproar in the 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 in custody pending sentencing in two weeks, Sze's lawyer, Kelvin Lai, said.

Magistrate Tong Man said Sze committed a serious crime by betraying the trust of his client and that a prison sentence was likely.

Prosecutors said Sze copied the photos from Chen's laptop when it was dropped off for repairs and gave other clients copies on a compact disc.

Chen testified against the technician and identified several of the women in the photos at a deposition in Vancouver, Canada, in February.

None of the female celebrities, including singer Gillian Chung and actress Cecilia Cheung, had been required to appear during the 10-day trial.


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