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Director of Public Prosecutions

Against proposed dirty money law

Kevin Zervos. Photo: Nora Tam

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos advocates the implementation of a civil forfeiture law that would allow the government to seize property before a criminal conviction or even criminal proceedings take place. He claims that this would make it easier to fight money laundering.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 2:06am

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

Director of Public Prosecutions to retire around August

A trend not to ignore?

We gather that Kevin Zervos will be retiring from his position as director of public prosecutions around July or August. He resigned in November last year but it was unclear as to exactly when he would leave. He told Lai See: "I've got to make a move before I reach the retirement age to settle into a career that I can pursue because I don't want to stop working."

18 Apr 2013 - 5:33am

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

Justice ill-served by prosecutions in money-laundering schemes

Selected banks in the US, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, were charged for money laundering. Photo: Edward Wong

It is a grotesque injustice that the small cogs in alleged money laundering schemes are now not only being prosecuted, but are given sentences greater than almost any ever imposed on the biggest fraudsters Hong Kong has ever known.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 11 comments

Law that jailed cash mule is still an ass, whenever it was passed

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos. Photo: Nora Tam

Let's deal with the excuses that Mr Zervos has dished out to us for a rank miscarriage of justice in sending a little old lady to jail for 10 years on a grossly misconceived charge of money laundering.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 9 comments

Money laundering a serious problem

Kevin Zervos, Director of Public Prosecutions at Department of Justice. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The money laundering offence provision was enacted by the legislature some time ago in 1995, and since then it has been the subject of extensive judicial scrutiny.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 3 comments

Top lawyers clash over fairness of city's anti-money laundering laws

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

The Director of Public Prosecutions and one of the city's leading criminal lawyers have offered conflicting views on tough anti-money laundering laws, after two cases involving billions of dollars ended with the accused sentenced to at least 10 years in jail each.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:45am 9 comments

Something is 'rotten' in the Prosecutions Department

Kevin Zervos

We gather there has been some amusement in prosecution circles over the claim by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos, in his recent annual review, that the prosecutors who have departed over the past year "were at or near retirement age".

The response from some observers has been: "Who's he trying to kid?"

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

Independence day

Independence day

"The independence of prosecutorial decision making," said Nicholas Cowdery QC, past president of the International Association of Prosecutors, "is the rock on which we stand." When deciding on cases, prosecutors must act independently. Moreover, like judges, they must also be seen to be acting impartially.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:52am 3 comments

Government looks for a new director of public prosecutions

Shek Kwu Chau

We have been talking for some months now about the interest on the part of Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos in becoming a judge. We see that the first shoe in that scenario dropped over the weekend with a government advertisement for a director of public prosecutions. This implies that Zervos has tended his resignation.

30 Nov 2012 - 2:53am

Calls for independent chief prosecutor for Hong Kong rejected

Kevin Zervos

The chief prosecutor has dismissed suggestions that there is a pressing need for Hong Kong to have an independent director of public prosecutions (DPP). Kevin Zervos SC said it was "too simplistic" to call for an independent DPP without looking carefully at how the post would function.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:41am 1 comment

DPP says upskirt pics and intimate shots may need to be banned

Kevin Zervos: 'Maybe we need an offence provision that deals with a violation of someone's intimate privacy.' Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The city may need specific laws to deal with intrusions of people's "intimate privacy" that are separate from common law offences such as outraging public decency, the chief prosecutor says.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:28am

Who will be Hong Kong's next Director of Public Prosecutions?

Some burning questions.

Readers may be aware that we have been reflecting recently on who might be Hong Kong's next Director of Public Prosecutions. This is of interest because we gather that the present incumbent Kevin Zervos has expressed an interest in becoming a judge.

25 Sep 2012 - 4:42am

Gerard McCoy denies move to be Hong Kong's next DPP

Low-hanging emissions fruit

We see that Andrew Bruce has become head of Gilt Chambers, taking over from Gerard McCoy. McCoy's decision to step down has triggered speculation that the move is related to another high-profile career change that we mentioned at the end of last month. We wrote then that the Director of Public Prosecutions had expressed more than a passing interest in becoming a High Court judge.

21 Sep 2012 - 7:17am

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