Hoping for better human rights

Last year was marred by human rights violations. We all hope to see improvements this year.

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo for his continuous fight for human rights and the rule of law.

Thursday, 13 January, 2011, 12:00am

Worker jailed for molesting patient

A hospital worker was jailed for seven months for molesting a patient at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, after he was found guilty in a retrial. In August, Poon Sai-lun, 50, successfully appealed against his conviction and sentence of six months. On July 10, 2009, Poon touched a hotel receptionist's breast outside an X-ray room. Magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai said the offence was serious.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am


Extra jail visits can help prisoners

I read an article about the row over extra jail visits allowed for Amina Mariam Bokhary. Bokhary, the 34-year-old niece of a local judge, was jailed recently for six weeks for breaching five of the seven conditions of a probation order handed down at an earlier hearing.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

It's our right to decide who can enter the city

The sad passing of local democracy icon Szeto Wah provides a rare opportunity for Hong Kong to claw back some of its high degree of autonomy that seems to have been surrendered in recent years. That is, the right to determine who can and cannot enter our city and on what conditions.

10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Experienced hand fills senior job at Macau graft agency

Macau's anti-corruption agency has drafted in an experienced crime-fighter and money laundering specialist to fill one of the gaps left at the top of the organisation after two of its most senior officials quit last week.

9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Worker jailed for sex with retarded cleaner

A fast-food deliveryman who had sex with a mentally retarded colleague was jailed for 15 months yesterday.

Mr Justice Derek Pang Wai-cheong rejected a lawyer's claim that Tam Kwong-lap, 50, and his 23-year-old victim had been in love.

Tam had pleaded guilty to one count of having sex with a person with an incapacity.

8 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Smuggling customs officer fined

A customs officer charged by the ICAC was yesterday fined HK$13,200 in Fanling Court for smuggling 1,200 dutiable cigarettes at the Lo Wu border checkpoint. Cheng Chi-fung, 25, pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to declare the cigarettes.

Truck overturns on Lantau, 3 hurt

8 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

HK ready to send drug kingpin's cash to the US

After more than 18 years of effort, the Hong Kong government is finally close to completing the transfer to the US government of almost HK$74 million, part of the confiscated assets of drug kingpin Law Kin-man.

The legislature is to give its final approval next week to a deal whose outlines were agreed to in 1993: that Hong Kong and the US would split the confiscated assets.

8 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Social worker gets eight years for child sex

A social worker has been jailed for eight years in Hong Kong in a landmark case brought under a law that enables cross-border prosecution of some sex crimes. He was convicted of molesting two teenagers at a mainland children's home he founded.

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Indefinite detention for barman who beat baby

An 'inhuman' bartender was sentenced yesterday to an indefinite period in a detention centre for beating a seven-month-old baby's genitals.

'Are you a human?' Magistrate Sham Siu-man asked Chan Kwok-lung, 22, describing Chan's explanation of how the infant came to have bruises to his genitals, legs and abdomen as 'totally incredible and dishonest'.

6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Two top Macau graft-busters quit

Two of Macau's most senior anti-corruption officials have quit their jobs. One led an investigation into one of the biggest graft scandals in the city's history and the other was instrumental in obtaining more power to enable the organisation to investigate the private sector.

6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Four years' jail for girlfriend of drug baron on death row

A woman who helped her mainland drug-syndicate boyfriend to launder more than HK$126 million was jailed for four years yesterday.

Yam Chim-kwan, 49, had pleaded not guilty but was convicted in District Court of five counts of dealing in the proceeds of crime.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

18 years' jail for string of sex crimes

A waiter with a 'distorted view of sex' - said to have had 300 sex partners in the past five years - was jailed for 18 years yesterday for a string of offences in which he tied up teenage girls he met online and took photographs or videos as he had sex with them.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

VAT invoice trafficking defies death and taxes

It's a crime punishable by death on the mainland yet some enterprising businessmen think ripping off the taxman is worth the risk.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Activists beg to attend funeral of 'Uncle Wah'

The death of veteran democracy activist Szeto Wah has presented the Hong Kong government with a dilemma over whether to allow exiled Chinese dissidents to come to the city to attend the funeral.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am