In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 November, 2007, 12:00am

Man who mailed knife to lawmaker 'mentally ill'

A psychiatric patient who mailed cutlery, including a table knife, to lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit has a personality disorder that affects his perceptions, Eastern Court heard yesterday. Retired bank employee Lau Shu-wing, 58, denies three counts of criminal intimidation in connection with the sending of the cutlery in three letters addressed to Mr Leong at the Legislative Council Building in Central. Lau admits he sent the letters but denies they constituted threats. His lawyer argued Lau meant no harm, and said his client was mentally ill. Magistrate Joseph To Ho-shing will deliver a verdict on Monday.

Legal forum on political development postponed

An international legal forum at which public law experts were to discuss the government's green paper on political development, and submissions made during consultations on its proposals, has been postponed indefinitely. Organisers said Rajsoomer Lallah, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee who was to have chaired the forum, had withdrawn, citing concerns that expressing views on constitutional development in Hong Kong - when the UN committee is about to issue its report on China - might be 'pre-mature and inappropriate'.

HK$21m works on the nod

The Legislative Council's Finance Committee agreed it no longer needed to approve public works projects costing less than HK$21 million, up from the present HK$15 million. The rise is in line with inflation. The government had sought to raise the threshold to HK$30 million.

Catholic cleric 'no informer'

Leaders of the Hong Kong Catholic diocese have dismissed an allegation that a senior cleric is an informant for the Chinese Communist Party. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said the allegation against diocesan chancellor Father Lawrence Lee Len by US-based website Boxun.com was groundless.

Shanghai-HK train delayed

A derailment north of the border delayed a Shanghai-Hong Kong train by more than three hours.