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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 by the public but fall short of expectations overall, rights advocates and law experts say. Some amount to a step backwards, they say. Nevertheless, the National People's Congress Standing ...

  2. Proposed law would create crime of stalking

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy and Jennifer Ngo The government plans to make stalking a crime, 11 years after that was first proposed by the Law Reform Commission. Under the proposed law, released yesterday ... to the victim, to more serious conduct, like vandalism or physical or verbal abuse. There are three possible defences: the acts were done to prevent or detect crime; they were done with lawful authority; ...

  3. Law to hit visitors working illegally

    Posted Dec 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Choi Chi-yuk chiyuk.choi@scmp.com The top legislature has begun discussing a draft law aimed at cracking down on foreigners illegally entering, working or staying on the mainland. The law ... of the National People's Congress yesterday discussed a draft law that would enable law enforcement agencies to detain suspects and examine their cases. Deputy Public Security Minister Yang Huanning, ...

  4. Delays to reform of old laws attacked

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government proposed an anti-stalking law 11 years after the issue was raised by the Law Reform Commission. One legislator said the slow response to updating old laws was threatening the city's ... after they are written. The Law Reform Commission has waited for as long as 17 years for the government to consider implementing recommendations. New guidelines set by the commission in October ...

  5. Law's protectors

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... China's current Criminal Procedure Law, courts play no role in this earliest, crucial stage of the criminal process. China's procurators, the nation's prosecutors, are supposed ... misapplication of the current law, Chinese investigators give themselves 30 days to seek such approval and sometimes do not comply with that broad limit. Moreover, through another twisting of the law ...

  6. Archaic law serves only to weaken the monarchy

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... 'Akong' Thangnoppakul, 61, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison, highlighted the misuse of the law to undermine political opponents. Amphon was found guilty on four counts under the lese-majeste law and computer crime laws. While this incident angered many Thais, it was celebrated by the royalists. And just this month, Joe Gordon, or Lerpong Wichaikhammat, an American who was born ...

  7. New property law deserves support

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to create a false sense of the popularity of a particular development. After a year-long study by a government-appointed committee, a comprehensive law on the sale of new flats has been released for public consultation. Under the plan, show flats, promotional brochures, the definition of flat size, as well as the release of data about prices and transactions will all come under the law ...

  8. Open information law will be overhauled, judge says

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... legislation meant to give access came into force, according to a senior judge who helped draft the law. Li Guangyu, a Supreme People's Court judge and deputy head of the court's executive ... of government materials. Much of the challenge to greater public access to government information centres around conflicts with prevailing legislation, such as the State Secrets Law, coupled ...

  9. Union of law firms will create Asian powerhouse

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com King & Wood, the mainland's largest law firm, has agreed to merge its Hong Kong operation with that of Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, the firms said yesterday. It will share a common brand and collaborate on business development to create the largest network of lawyers among Asia-based law firms. The move is expected to prompt ...

  10. Competition law can apply to statutory bodies

    Posted Dec 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com It is not necessary to leave statutory bodies completely out of a planned competition law, a legal adviser to the Consumer Council says, as partial exemptions may ... committee. The comments from Cheng, who is also a University of Hong Kong law professor, come as the government consults lawmakers on whether some statutory bodies should be exempted from the draft ...




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