City Digest, November 3, 2012
Lawmakers vote down investigation into DBC
Pro-establishment lawmakers on Legco's House Committee have snubbed the decision of pan-democrats in a lower body to investigate the troubled Digital Broadcasting Corporation. The mainly pan-democratic panel on information technology and broadcasting had earlier passed a motion to set up a select committee that will check claims of Beijing's interference in DBC. The motion was voted down yesterday in the House Committee by 36 lawmakers, including the pro-government Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Only 25 lawmakers supported it.
Hong Kong office looks into petitioner's arrest
The Hong Kong government's office in Beijing is looking into the arrest of a Hong Kong businesswoman for petitioning, at the urging of lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung. Han Suhua, 59, tried to commit suicide after she was arrested last month for petitioning outside Zhongnanhai - the leadership compound in Beijing - against her former husband. She says he took all her savings when they divorced. After her arrest she was transferred to an illegal detention camp in Zhengzhou . Leung wrote to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, urging it to secure Han's release.
No pleas taken in Natural Dairy case
A solicitor and the wife of a former executive director of Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings, a mainland-based company, appeared in Eastern Court accused of laundering up to HK$68 million and HK$230.9 million in criminal proceeds. No plea was taken and Acting Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the case to November 23 in the District Court. Wu Wing-kit, 56, was on cash bail of HK$100,000, while Ye Fang, a 41-year-old housewife, was granted bail of HK$500,000 in cash and a surety of HK$500,000. The couple were ordered to live at their reported homes and not to leave the city without giving 24 hours' notice to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Tutor pleads guilty to sex with 12-year-old
Tsang Kui-man, a 43-year-old teacher at a Wong Tai Sin tutorial centre, pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a school pupil aged 12.