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  1. Secret taping breaks Basic Law, says judge

    Posted Apr 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani A judge has thrown into doubt the use of covert surveillance by Hong Kong's law enforcers. Evidence gathered using such surveillance was inadmissible in court because it breached the constitutional right to privacy of communication, District Court Judge Fergal Sweeney ruled. Article 30 of the Basic Law states that no department or individual may ...

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    PLA will not be used to deal with public disorder, says Hong Kong security minister

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 02:19pm by SAMUEL CHAN, JEFFIE LAM

    ... to handle any internal security problem. "Although there is a clause in the Basic Law [that provides for requests for PLA intervention], I see no possibility of our police failing to handle ... highlighted the central government's right under Article 18 of the Basic Law to impose a "state of emergency" if it deemed the city's government had lost control and national unity ...

  3. Secret taping?

    Posted Apr 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Should laws be brought in to better regulate covert surveillance operations by the police and the ICAC? A judge says secret taping infringes the Basic Law on privacy of communication because there is no law on the matter. Share your views: write to us. ...

  4. Spying suits on shaky ground, say law experts

    Posted Jul 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'It has been unlawful since the constitution came into effect with the Basic Law in 1997,' said Mr To, chairman of the Legislative Council's security panel. But Professor Young said ... of the disregard of the Basic Law requirements on covert surveillance. It depends on the circumstances of the case,' Mr Lo said. Legislator Ronny Tong Ka-wah agreed taking civil action over previous ...

  5. Law on phone taps is arbitrary, court hears

    Posted Aug 17th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... Jonathan Li The law regulating phone-tapping activities by law-enforcement agencies is unconstitutional because it is arbitrary, the District Court heard yesterday. Joseph Tse, defence lawyer for the secretary of the wife of jailed Shanghai tycoon Chau Ching-ngai, argued that Section 33 of the Telecommunication Ordinance violated of Article 30 of the Basic Law. Article 30 ...

  6. Snooping law should offer more protection: survey

    Posted Jul 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Concerns about threat to freedoms spur calls for safeguards against abuse Hong Kong's opinion leaders and decision-makers want the proposed covert surveillance law to provide more protection against snoopers, an SCMP/TNS poll has found. They fear the law may infringe some basic rights and freedoms and want it expanded to cover more than local law enforcement ...

  7. Long arm of the law reaches out

    Posted Feb 16th 2008, 12:00am by Ed Olivo

    ... Written by Ed Olivo If you have a passion for law enforcement and want to serve the community, then the force is with you. The Hong Kong Police Force is on the lookout for bright ... Superintendent Kwok said. 'Apart from the basic educational and physical requirements, some of the key characteristics we look for are good judgment and thinking, energy, open-mindedness ...

  8. Police seek judicial review of union ban

    Posted Oct 21st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for a judicial review in the High Court arguing the decision of Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui to uphold the ban was unconstitutional and unlawful. They say the ban violates the Basic Law ... union activities under the terms of the Police Force Ordinance and that the law conforms to the Basic Law. The applicants argue that cannot be so, because the legislation was enacted before ...

  9. Lawyers hail court ruling on ICAC

    Posted Jul 07th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... tapped conversations they had with their clients, which are supposed to be guaranteed confidentiality under the Basic Law. They warned the ICAC, in its drive to fight corruption, thought ... of legislation.' On Tuesday, District Court Deputy Judge Julia Livesey threw out a corruption case against four people because the ICAC violated Basic Law rights to privacy of communication ...

  10. No secret filming, police chief vows

    Posted Aug 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... would be deleted after fulfilling its purpose. Law Yuk-kai, director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, said the Basic Law protected people from being monitored by the government and law ... with body-cameras. He said only behaviour that breached the law and public order during protests would be filmed in the proposed trial. News of the scheme has led to privacy fears. Speaking after a Junior ...




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