'Long Hair' and five others lose appeals against convictions
The appeals of 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung and five others against their convictions of unlawful assembly for protesting in 2007 outside then housing chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung's home were dismissed by the Court of First Instance yesterday. Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung said the premises were a private residential development and everyone had the right to be protected against unlawful interference.
13 illegal workers, two suspected bosses held in Immigration raids
The Immigration Department has arrested 13 illegal workers - 11 men and two women aged between 22 and 56 - and two suspected employers in raids on 18 locations citywide, including restaurants, stalls and garbage depots. A man and a woman were suspected to have been in possession of forged Hong Kong identity cards.
Outbound travel alert to Thailand eased a notch to red from black
The government has lowered the black outbound travel alert for Thailand, in force since April 10, to red. A red warning means the area concerned poses a significant threat to visitors, who should adjust travel plans and avoid non-essential travel. Meanwhile, Hong Thai Travel Services said it would continue its suspension of tours to Bangkok until June 16. Hongkongers who need help abroad may call the 24-hour Immigration Department hotline on (852) 1868.
Motion to boost district councils' role in planning blocked in Legco
The Legislative Council voted down yesterday a non-binding motion that urged the government to increase the powers and responsibilities of district councils in district planning. The motion, tabled by architectural, surveying and planning sector lawmaker Patrick Lau Sau-shing, suggested that the government divide Hong Kong into several major communities and that the Planning Department should collaborate with the communities to conduct district planning programmes. It was supported by government allies but blocked by pan-democrats. Frederick Fung Kin-kee of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood said district councils could truly represent the public's views only if all appointed seats were abolished. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said he would convey legislators' opinions on the matter to the relevant bureaus.