Mobile madness disrupts hearing

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 December, 1999, 12:00am

THE hearing in Shanwei was constantly disturbed by mobile phones.

One of the three judges' mobiles rang and he was forced to turn the phone on to vibrating mode.

The proceedings were also dogged by a spate of calls to guards.

Cell phones are not banned from mainland courts.

The problem was not addressed by the judges, but the spectacle was put into perspective when a police official interrupted proceedings by noisily clearing his throat.