Radio case accused to base defence on bill of rights
Four activists charged in connection with the operations of the unlicensed Citizens Radio will plead not guilty and base their defence on the Bill of Rights, Eastern Court heard yesterday. They also wanted the case heard in Chinese, although the prosecution wanted it heard in English.
The Office of the Telecommunications Authority has charged the station and four men, including legislator 'Long-Hair' Leung Kwok-hung and convenor Tsang Kin-shing, with establishing a means of telecommunications and using radio-communications apparatus without a licence from August last year to October this year. Lawmaker and lawyer Albert Ho Chun-yan, representing the four defendants, said there would be no dispute of the facts but he would challenge the allegations on the grounds of the Bill of Rights. The case was adjourned to Tuesday.
Seesaw ratings for leaders defended
The deputy head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Li Gang , has defended the drastic drop in Hongkongers' support for the government, saying it is normal for such ratings to go up and down. A poll released on Thursday found public trust in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's government had plunged by 16 percentage points to 44 per cent.
LegCo secretariat 5-day week is approved
The Legislative Council Commission has given its secretariat the go-ahead to implement a five-day week. This will take effect from January 1, with opening hours extended by 45 minutes a day from Monday to Friday.