Criminal Law

Investigators call for coastguard to face charges

Leila de Lima. Photo: EPA

Philippine investigators said yesterday they had recommended criminal charges be filed against coastguards involved in the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:50am

Presumed guilty in China

Presumed guilty in China

The case of Zhu Ling has hit the headlines again recently. Zhu was a promising chemistry student at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University before she was left paralysed after being poisoned with thallium, a toxic chemical, nearly two decades ago. The renewed interest in her tragic case was ignited by a similar poisoning case in April that led to the death of a Fudan University student.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:33am 2 comments

Doubts criminal law has teeth to protect minors from sex predators

News that yet another teacher has been accused of molesting students - this a time a primary school principal in Hainan - sparked soul-searching media commentaries on how the mainland's school system and the criminal law itself had failed to protect minors.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am

Chief Hong Kong prosecutor wants easier way to seize dirty cash

Kevin Zervos

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos said the fact that prosecutors need a criminal conviction before they can apply for a confiscation order is hampering their efforts.

22 Apr 2013 - 8:34am 6 comments

Tough money laundering law

It might surprise many that in Hong Kong you can be convicted of the offence if you did not know or believe that the money was the proceeds of an offence - in fact, even if you believed it was not, if the court finds (objectively) reasonable grounds for believing it was.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 1 comment

The wrongs of the right-thinking approach to law

Kevin Zervos, Director of Public Prosecutions. Photo: Nora Tam

Let's split a few hairs here. Note that Mr Zervos does not say the accused knew that he or she was dealing in the proceeds of serious crime, only that he or she knew the facts and circumstances that would lead a right-thinking member of the community to believe so.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:52am 18 comments

Arrest warrant issued for mainlander accused of assaulting HK tour guide

A magistrate yesterday issued an arrest warrant for a mainland man who failed to appear in court after being charged with assaulting a tour guide on the Avenue of the Stars on Sunday.

2 Oct 2012 - 4:09am

Hong Kong guards jailed for death of Taiwanese inmate after beating

Three correctional services officers damaged the reputation of their department and the city when they inflicted 117 bruises and wounds on the body of a Taiwanese inmate who died the next day, a judge said yesterday.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:28am 2 comments

Undercover officers nab over 20 men in compensated-dating sting

Three policewomen disguised as compensated-dating girls have arrested about 20 men - including an off-duty policeman and an immigration officer - on suspicion of soliciting for immoral purposes.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

Rough justice

In 1998, Gu Kailai, already a successful lawyer married to then rising political star Bo Xilai, published a book about the American legal system. She praised the mainland's swift and certain death-penalty prosecutions of alleged murderers, in contrast to the lengthy, exhaustive scrutiny that capital prosecutions are subjected to in American courts.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm

Judge orders defendant to plead not guilty

A mother, who pleaded guilty to starving her infant son to death, was ordered to plead not guilty by the District Court yesterday.

Deputy Judge Adriana Tse criticised defence solicitor Benjamin Tao Tsz-kin for allowing his client, So Suk-yee, to plead guilty. A background report on So, 32, showed that she had denied starving the baby, the judge said.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scales of injustice

In a global effort to attain 'soft power' matching its growing economic and military prowess, China spends huge sums operating Confucius Institutes at hundreds of foreign universities and internationalising its media outlets. The goal is to promote respect for its contemporary civilisation and thereby enhance the government's political influence and image.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legal intent

Dear Secretary, Please accept my congratulations upon your new appointment. Although you face many challenges, you have wide experience in many roles, including Bar chairman, High Court recorder and adjunct law professor, and this will stand you in good stead.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Former chief justice sings Wong's praises

Former chief justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang has taken the unusual step of making public a personal letter paying tribute to the 'outstanding contribution' of Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung, who steps down this week after seven years in the job.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Lily Chiang Lai-lei

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am