10/17/2011 02:59 EDT | Updated 12/17/2011 05:12 EST

Hong Kong airport worker convicted in bizarre masked migrant case

HONG KONG - An airport worker in Hong Kong has been convicted in the case of a young Chinese man who flew to Canada last year using a mask to disguise himself as an elderly Caucasian.

The Hong Kong district court found Monday that the airport ground services agent was guilty of being part of a conspiracy to smuggle people with false passports and boarding passes.

Sentencing in the case was adjourned.

Previous reports said eight people in Hong Kong had been arrested in the case, which attracted widespread attention largely because of the bizarre appearance of the silicon mask used for the disguise.

The identity of the masked man who flew to Vancouver last October is protected by a publication ban.

He was detained in Vancouver for three months but an Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator ordered him released in February on condition he post a $5,000 bond and report weekly to the Canada Border Services Agency.

_ With files from The Associated Press.