Kemal Bokhary is the former permanent judge of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Bokhary qualified as a barrister in the United Kingdom at 23 but returned to work in Hong Kong, where he was born. He has served as one of the four permanent judges in the Court of Final Appeal since 1997. Bokhary is known for his sense of humour in court. He stepped down on October 24, 2012 – a day before he turned 65.
Sentence sparks outcry
Amina Bokhary's uncle is a top judge in Hong Kong. She has been in the news recently because she was convicted of slapping a police officer. This is the third time she has been found guilty of assaulting the police.
Yet, she was given what some people believe is a very light sentence. Bokhary, 34, whose uncle is Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, was put on probation for a year by Magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming.
The decision has sparked an outcry among the community who think it is very unfair. The government has asked the court to review the sentence, saying it was wrong.
Bokhary admitted she slapped a policeman when he tried to stop her from leaving the scene of an accident in January. In 2008, she was fined HK$1,000 for assaulting a policewoman and a taxi driver. In 2002, she was fined HK$9,000 for assaulting a policeman.