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  1. Criminal-law changes disappoint

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei in Beijing tzewei.ng@scmp.com A second set of draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law, tabled last week in the nation's legislature, answer some concerns raised ... Committee voted yesterday at the end of its latest meeting to have the amendments tabled at the full NPC plenary session in March, where they will almost certainly be passed. The Criminal Procedure ...

  2. Rules on stolen goods reviewed

    Posted May 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Police are considering a change in procedure to ensure stolen property is returned to its rightful owner. Under the proposed change, police would be required to wait for a court order before handing back recovered items. Assistant Commissioner of Police Charles Wong Doon-yee warned the proposed procedure would make the return of stolen goods slower than under ...

  3. Proposed legal changes prove insubstantial

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei There have been many arguments during the three drafts of the mainland's amended Criminal Procedure Law about whether the revision is an improvement or not. There appears ... bringing the Criminal Procedure Law in line with more rights-conscious legal developments in recent years, such as the requirement to exclude forced confessions and illegally-obtained evidence, ...

  4. Beijing must not bungle law reform

    Posted Sep 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei The varied reactions to amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) wheeled out last week highlight a growing dilemma for those who care about the mainland legal system. ... and abuse of power by police have weakened the public's trust in the country's criminal justice system. Meanwhile illegal detentions of dissidents accused of endangering state security ...

  5. The big squeeze

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... until the newly revised Criminal Procedure Law takes effect in January. The publicity and condemnation inspired by Ai's 'residential surveillance' contributed to domestic ... than the dubious 'residential surveillance'. Normally, party members are required to be divested of their membership via discipline inspection procedures before undergoing criminal ...

  6. Policeman acted appropriately before family killing, court told

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... Lawyer Albert Ho Chun-yan, representing Kim's surviving family, said while every professional could make errors of judgment, it was the procedures followed in reaching a decision- ...

  7. Pressure builds for vote against secret detentions

    Posted Mar 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... number of legal professionals and microbloggers on the mainland are calling on NPC delegates either to strike out those clauses in the final draft of the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) or to vote ... to bear.' Rights advocates are worried about potential abuses. 'Subverting state security', they say, is a criminal charge often abused by authorities to threaten and punish dissidents. ...

  8. Secret taping breaks Basic Law, says judge

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

    ... infringe upon the freedom and privacy of communication of Hong Kong residents 'except that the relevant authorities may inspect communication in accordance with legal procedures to meet the needs of public security or of investigation into criminal offences'. Judge Sweeney found that 'in accordance with legal procedures' meant there must be a law on the matter. ...

  9. Courts should decide on need for bugging

    Posted Aug 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Article 30 of the mini-constitution, 'no department... may... infringe upon the freedom and privacy of communications of residents except... in accordance with legal procedures to meet the needs of public security or of investigation into criminal offences'. Whether Mr Tsang's order satisfies the requirements for 'legal procedures' is uncertain. All law ...

  10. Anger at secrecy over surveillance

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... about a procedure here and not what covert surveillance operations the police have undertaken. 'This document only talks about the circumstances and the type of procedures that the police ... this, claiming that if it is revealed they can only conduct three to five covert surveillance operations a week, the criminals will know about their detection ability,' he said. 'One ...




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