A bad week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am


Dolce & Gabbana

The luxury brand had to close its branch on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, after protesters besieged it for allegedly banning Hongkongers - but not mainlanders - from photographing the storefront. Its head office insisted 'controversial statements' reported in the media had not been made by its staff, but the bad PR refused to die. Another protest is planned for today.

Brian Alfred Hall

Even by the standards of a drug smuggler, this was a big crime. Hall got four more years for trying to dupe the Court of Final Appeal with forged papers to beat a charge of assaulting prison officers. The irony is that if the litigious prisoner had accepted the charge, he could have been free in March. Instead, his forgery, which a judge called well-planned and sophisticated, will keep him in jail for a few more years. He plans to appeal.

Renato Corona

The Philippines' most senior judge is under siege over his ownership of a 3,300 sq ft flat in Manila, for which he paid half the market value, in full and without a mortgage. Records show Corona paid 14.5 million pesos (HK$2.56 million) for the flat in Taguig City, half the going rate for the development. Corona, appointed chief justice in the dying days of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's presidency, is, like her, facing impeachment on corruption charges.