In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 August, 2009, 12:00am

High Court rejects legal aid plea by Citizens' Radio activist

The High Court has refused legal aid for a Citizens' Radio activist seeking a judicial review of broadcasting restrictions. A High Court Master rejected an appeal by Poon Tat-keung yesterday, affirming a decision by the Legal Aid Department on his application. Mr Poon and five fellow activists, together with station operator Ocean Technology, are appealing against a ruling by Mr Justice Anselmo Reyes in the Court of First Instance in January. Mr Justice Reyes dismissed their judicial review and held that a magistrate had lawfully suspended a ruling that the radio licensing regime was unconstitutional. Mr Poon will not have a lawyer in the appeal hearing on December 18.

City rivals find common ground

Hong Kong and Shanghai officials believe the two cities should exchange views on how to improve and further develop the renminbi settlement system, said Chan Ka-keung, secretary for financial services and the treasury. He is leading a delegation to Shanghai to study its financial market. The two sides agreed that exchange of financial talent was important.