New screening system for design contest

A design competition to pick the first venue at the West Kowloon arts hub later this year will use a rigorous new screening system to prevent conflicts of interest in the judging, a hub official said yesterday.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Cameras have a place in court

In keeping with the maxim that 'justice must be done and must be seen to be done' our courts are open to all - for free. But very few Hong Kong people exercise their right to go to court just to watch the proceedings.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-policeman gets life in jail for murdering 'lover'

A former policeman turned cab driver was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for murdering a 25-year-old woman he had been 'obsessed' with.

Wan Kim-chung, 45, showed no emotion when, after two hours of deliberation, a jury of seven unanimously found him guilty of killing Jennifer Yu Wai-yuk in October 2010.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Amendments to criminal law need greater detail

Despite being blanketed in controversy, the mainland's amended Criminal Procedure Law was passed by legislators last month with clauses that rights advocates find troubling and legal reformers say are disappointing.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

I resolved Leung issue: John Tsang

Finance secretary John Tsang Chun-wah told a Legislative Council select committee hearing yesterday he resolved the issue of chief executive candidate Leung Chun-ying's conflict of interest over the West Kowloon arts hub design competition 10 years ago without telling his bosses, although he agreed it was a serious matter.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

New questions over arts hub contest jury

Questions about the government's handling of controversy over a 2002 design contest for the West Kowloon arts hub have multiplied with the discovery that a foreign member of the judging panel had business links to the winner, British architect Norman Foster.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Confidence shaken by hub revelations

When details of a decade-old project design competition were dug up and turned into 'dark matter' to be used against a front runner in the chief executive race, few expected the issue to become a bombshell for the government. The selective disclosure of some government documents about the West Kowloon arts hub design competition has raised more questions than it has provided answers.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Release papers to clear up Foster doubts'

Lawmakers of all political stripes are urging the government to release a key document on the 2001 West Kowloon arts hub design competition, which could explain why British architect Norman Foster's winning design was placed before the judges after its initial disqualification.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Arts hub juror defends C.Y. Leung

A juror from an arts hub design contest has come forward in a bid to clear up conflict of interest claims involving chief executive hopeful Leung Chun-ying.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Foster's design thrown out before it won

The winning canopy design submitted by British architect Norman Foster in a 2001 competition for the West Kowloon arts and cultural hub was among 12 designs disqualified for technical reasons.

According to people familiar with the selection process, jury chairman Lord Rothschild had said he wanted to include all disqualified entries in the shortlisting preview.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Killer driver's appeal rejected

A 24-year-old US student who accidentally killed a taxi driver during a drunken road altercation cannot appeal against his manslaughter conviction, three appeal court judges ruled yesterday.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Court hears dispute over Cheung Kong Center project

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Conviction in murder hearing quashed

The Court of Appeal quashed a man's conviction for murdering a prostitute during a robbery three years ago because of an error by the trial judge.

Lam Pui-fung, 33, originally received a life sentence from the Court of First Instance in March 2009 after he was found guilty by a jury of murdering the victim, identified as Ms T, on March 16, 2008.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tried and tested

A good and faithful judge,' wrote Horace in the Odes, 'prefers what is just to what is expedient'. Court cases are sometimes controversial and can attract wide interest. The public and the media will often express their views on the merits of a case, perhaps in strident tones. This is inevitable in a free society, but safeguards exist to protect the integrity of the related legal proceedings.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Repair man officials tried to blame for collapse has a clear conscience

Yesterday was just another day for Chu Wai-wing, the repair man government officials accuse of triggering the deadly collapse of the tenement in To Kwa Wan.

This was despite it being the day for the delivery of a coroner's verdict in one of the most closely followed public inquests in recent years.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am