( – FocusAsia Media Ltd

HONG KONG, Jul 25 (FAM) – A jurisdictionally contentious plan to set up joint immigration and customs facilities at the West Kowloon terminus of the high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou is heading into further controversy with ­officers from the mainland to fully enforce criminal law as well there.

The Executive Council is set to endorse a plan on Tuesday for mainland officers to exercise full criminal jurisdiction on trains and platforms as well as the border clearance zone which will fall under the area leased to them when the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link opens for business next year, ­according to sources.