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  1. The rule of law is now at stake

    Posted Apr 18th 2004, 12:00am by Cliff Buddle

    ... this month, it used the power again to introduce new procedures for changing the political system. Then, on Friday, Tung Chee-hwa's taskforce on constitutional reform started playing ... of these considerations in the Basic Law itself. They are not there. The taskforce has embarked on the sort of exercise which, in common-law legal systems, would be normally undertaken by a court. It is worth ...

  2. Selection of CE hopefuls reviewed

    Posted May 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Beijing studies method for choosing candidates Beijing is studying procedures for nominating chief executive candidates in a bid to avoid a constitutional crisis should Hong ... for'. One possibility was to establish a 'mechanism' for communication, the source said, without elaborating. The source also said there was no legal obstacle to introducing universal ...

  3. Ruling by decree

    Posted Aug 11th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... be protected by law.' Moreover, this freedom may not be infringed 'except that the relevant authorities may inspect communication in accordance with legal procedures to meet the needs ... of 'legal procedures'. In 1997, two days before Hong Kong passed from Britain to China, the Legislative Council provided just such legal backing, passing the Interception of Communications ...

  4. Hot favourite for legal chief keeps his counsel

    Posted Apr 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... is the door? I do not answer hypothetical questions.' At least two senior legal experts with close ties to Beijing named Jat as a likely choice for the justice job during the annual plenary ...

  5. Wen: next HK chief will have 'majority' support

    Posted Mar 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of acceptance' by the public. 'I believe that as long as the principles of openness, justice and fairness are observed and the relevant legal procedures are complied with, the Hong Kong people ... to stress that the problem [of recent scandals] can be solved as long as the election is held according to procedures and in a fair and just manner,' Choy said. Local NPC deputy Maria Tam ...

  6. Is the chief executive still above the law?

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... to anti-corruption regulation. To that end, the government will introduce legislation into the Legislative Council as soon as possible to put in place the necessary legal regulatory procedures within ... Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen was responsible for shepherding the bill through the legislature and, inexplicably, Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung was not present, nor anyone else with legal ...

  7. A good first step

    Posted Aug 20th 2005, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... surveillance procedures have been illegal for the past eight years. If that is true, he and his allies from the legal fraternity owe the public an explanation of why they have not raised the issue ... issued an executive order to ensure that law enforcement bodies can continue to legally keep track of illegal activities. It is supposed to be pursuant to Article 48 of the Basic Law, which sets ...

  8. Much ado about nothing

    Posted Jan 21st 2004, 12:00am by Yeung Sum

    ... consultation with Beijing, and four mainland legal experts had given their views on the central government's role. Hong Kong people had been expecting an announcement on the timetable ... of the principles and relevant provisions of the Basic Law. The 'legal issues', according to the taskforce, are the legislative processes for amending the methods used to select a chief executive ...

  9. Basic Law interpretation a matter of diplomacy

    Posted Jun 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Congo-United States dispute is a first. In contrast, the executive branch has made three such invitations in the 14 years since the handover. That procedure is not expressly provided for in the Basic ... Ling v Director of Immigration. The legal sector called the nod to Beijing 'the death of judicial independence'. In that case, the court ruled everyone born of Hong Kong permanent ...

  10. Unemployed man decides to challenge the legality of CE election

    Posted Jun 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 5.24pm: An unemployed Hong Kong man has filed a judicial review to challenge the legality of the territory's Chief Executive election, local media reported on Friday. The plaintiff, Chan Yuet-tung, lodged the lawsuit in the High Court on Friday afternoon. Mr Chan said that the upcoming election might breach the Basic Law- the territory's ...




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