Litvinenko coroner refuses evidence about Kremlin role in his death

Marina Litvinenko. Photo: AFP

The inquest into the death in Britain of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was close to collapse yesterday after the coroner ruled he could not hear evidence about the alleged role of the Kremlin in his poisoning.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 8:27am

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14 months' jail for taking HK$240,000 in premiums

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Firemens' call for more help was lost

Firemen battling a fatal factory blaze in Cheung Sha Wan last year could not understand why reinforcements did not arrive after the severity of the fire was upgraded - until they found out the message had not got through.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tenement families may sue owner for payout

Families of two people killed in the collapse of a tenement block in To Kwa Wan last year are planning legal action against the building's owner, a district councillor has confirmed.

The families have also asked the URA to freeze redevelopment compensation due to the owner until legal proceedings are concluded.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Police criticised for taking statement in Chinese

A coroner yesterday criticised police for taking a statement in Chinese from an English speaker.

'I have never imagined, heard of or seen such an arrangement. It is ridiculous,' Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu said, angrily criticising Inspector Chan Yuk-man for asking a police officer to take the statement from Sean Coxall in relation to the death of his daughter.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Language issues will be dealt with 'later'

The Coroner's Court says it will handle 'later on' the matter of language in the Manila hostage inquest.

In response to a South China Morning Post query about audio clips played in court that featured Tagalog, a Filipino dialect, Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu yesterday said the court 'would handle this matter later on'.

19 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal by minister for inquest into death of boy during surgery rejected

The Court of First Instance says an inquest should not be held into the death of a boy who suffered a pulmonary haemorrhage while having a tumour removed four years ago.

Mr Justice Joseph Fok rejected an appeal by the Secretary for Justice against a decision by Coroner William Ng Sing-wai in 2008.

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Panel asks police to share Manila reports

Lawmakers yesterday urged the police to reveal the contents of investigation reports on the Manila bus hostage incidient, including details on 14 extra bullet fragments discovered by a forensics team on the bus.

3 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Mortuary blunders led to autopsy on woman against family's wishes

A series of blunders by mortuary staff and doctors led to an autopsy being carried out on a 77-year-old woman's body despite a specific request by her family that a post-mortem examination not be performed. The error happened because her body was misidentified through an administrative error.

21 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Police seek more evidence on hostage tragedy

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

HK must have a role in Manila tragedy probe

Every day that passes raises new questions about the Manila hostage tragedy. The latest is why elite police commando units remained sidelined nearby while a police SWAT team bungled the rescue attempt. They can only be answered by a proper inquiry into every aspect of events, at which Hong Kong is officially represented.

28 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Nepali's death 'shows up need for rules on police sensitivity'

A human rights watchdog and ethnic minority groups complained yesterday about the lack of any recommendations from the Coroner's Court after the death of a Nepali street sleeper shot by a police constable was found to be a lawful killing.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Detectives start investigating

Detectives from Kowloon West regional crime unit are investigating Friday's collapse.

31 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Officer's death ruled misadventure

A coroner determined that the death of an immigration officer who experienced pain and rectal discharge and vomited weeks after a haemorrhoid procedure at St Teresa's Hospital was caused by misadventure.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Pressing questions slow inquest

An inquest into the death of a Nepali man involved in a shooting incident ended its first week yesterday, with only two witnesses called so far because of issues raised by the lawyer representing the widow, closed-door discussions and pressing questions, such as how to reposition files, furniture and the jury.

12 Sep 2009 - 12:00am