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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    A life in court: lawyers, robbers and other reptiles

    Posted Apr 24th 2013, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Kemal Bokhary's memoirs recall big moments in his rise from factory floor to top-level judge A life in court: lawyers, robbers and other reptiles ... to the library instead, where he studied public international law. "Life and the law has confronted Kemal Bokhary with some tough and disturbing realities, but his ultimate optimism and faith ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Sex attacker warned he may face life in jail if he does not correct his behaviour

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Sex attacker warned he may face life in jail A convicted sex attacker who preyed on teenage girls must correct his pathological behaviour during his 15-year jail term, or he will be locked up for life, a court warned yesterday. Mr Justice Wally Yeung Chun-kuen, of the Court of Appeal, issued the warning to Au Wing-kit, 26, who was convicted ...

  3. News - World - WAR CRIMES

    UN seeks life sentence for former Bosnian Serb general over Srebrenica

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in The Hague Life term sought for Srebrenica general United Nations prosecutors in the Yugoslav war crimes court called for a life sentence against former Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. "There is only one sentence for this crime and that is life in prison," prosecutor Peter McCloskey said in closing ...

  4. News - World - PIRACY

    Somali pirate negotiator gets 12 life sentences in US court

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters US hands negotiator 12 life terms A Somali man who acted as a ransom negotiator for pirates who seized a United States yacht last year and killed four US hostages has been sentenced by a US federal judge to serve 12 life sentences. Mohammad Shibin was convicted in April on 15 charges including piracy, hostage taking, kidnapping and conspiracy. He was paid US$30,000 ...

  5. Man gets life in retrial for umbrella stand killing

    Posted Aug 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com A man was jailed for life yesterday at the end of his retrial for the killing of a 25-year-old father with an umbrella stand in a gang attack four years ... as the judge, Mr Justice Michael McMahon, gave them automatic life sentences for the murder. A retrial was ordered for Ng in 2011 after the Court of Appeal quashed his first conviction because a court ...

  6. NEW lease of life

    Posted Jul 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Kenneth Ko After a flurry of buying sprees in the first quarter of this year, backed by pent-up demand, sales have significantly slowed recently. But leasing transactions remain brisk as more people turn to the rental market. According to Midland Realty, ...

  7. Life in the fast lane leads pet groomer to prison

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com A pet groomer led police on a wild car chase around Yuen Long at speeds of up to 140km/h just four months after another dangerous driving incident, a court heard yesterday. Michael Ip Cheong-hing, 25, pleaded guilty in the D ...

  8. Pair get life for fatal 1999 chopping

    Posted May 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Two masterminds behind a fatal chopper attack on a 40-year-old newspaper vendor were jailed for life yesterday after a jury unanimously found them guilty ... of the convicted killers, Li Cho-ming, who is serving a life sentence for murdering Ho as she set up her stall at 5am, told the court earlier that he and his accomplices had prepared methodically ...

  9. Ex-policeman gets life in jail for murdering 'lover'

    Posted May 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Diana Lee diana.lee@scmp.com A former policeman turned cab driver was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for murdering a 25-year-old woman he had been 'obsessed' with. Wan ... the mandatory life sentence on Wan. 'But it was clear from the jury's verdict that they rejected any suggestion from you that you were provoked to kill Yu.' The judge said it seemed Wan ...

  10. News - China

    Gu Kailai's suspended death sentence reflects recent anti-execution trend

    Posted Aug 21st 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... two years the sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment, or 25 years if the convict "genuinely demonstrates major merit". Further reductions are also possible. "There ... after the two-year reprieve … the Eighth Amendment to China's Criminal Law last year increased the mandatory minimum time served for life sentences from 12 years to 17," he said. ...




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