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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. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Divorce law update open for discussion

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com A long-awaited proposal to improve children's rights in divorce cases will be open for public consultation, six years after it was raised by the Law ... the consultation at a meeting of the Legislative Council's panel on administration of justice and legal services yesterday. It comes after officials put an anti-stalking law up for public consultation ...

  10. Anti-bribery law has its merits

    Posted Dec 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... anti-bribery law, even if doing so has been recommended by a top-ranking official of the United Nations? We no longer answer to our former colonial master and our city's financial circumstances ... the chief of the corruption and economic crime branch of the UN's drugs and crime office, said in Hong Kong last week that embracing similarly tough laws was necessary as corruption was getting ...




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