Kevin Zervos

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

Big fish always slip through legal net

Kevin Zervos SC. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

An elderly woman and a young kid have been put behind bars for 10 years for laundering billions of dollars in two separate cases this year. Bravo! Our public prosecutors must be proud. A job well done. I have no doubt the two were guilty, but no one would seriously think they were anything other than small cogs in vast criminal schemes.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am 5 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

How jailing old ladies on suspicion aids Hong Kong's anti-crime image

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos. Photo: Nora Tam

You don't have to be guilty of money laundering. If someone can prove they think you're guilty, your jailing boosts the city's anti-crime image.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:16am 5 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

Who said it?

Sarah Palin

More background checks? Dandy idea, Mr President. Should have started with yours

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am

Top prosecutor Kevin Zervos calls for leniency for first-time offenders

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos says prosecutors should treat first time offenders with compassion. Photo: Nora Tam

The city's top prosecutor has called for "compassionate treatment" of first-time offenders guilty of minor crimes, saying it could be an effective way of discouraging them from getting on the wrong side of the law again.

24 Dec 2012 - 7:22am

Who said it?

Boeing engineers used potatoes as stand-ins for passengers to help improve airborne Wi-fi service.

It's a testament to the ingenuity of these engineers. They didn't go in with potatoes as the plan

A Boeing spokesman on the use of potatoes as stand-ins for passengers to help improve airborne Wi-fi service


It is important to give a person a second chance and not to break their spirit

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am

Kevin Zervos, city's top lawyer, weighs his next move

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos SC already foresees himself spending his Christmas holiday in the office trying to get caught up on his cases, while the rest of the department will probably be enjoying the special occasion with their families.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:15am 1 comment

Lamma ferry crash inquiry to start next week, Justice Michael Lunn says

Lamma ferry collision survivor, Chiu Ping-chuen (centre), attends the hearing of Commission of Inquiry into the disaster. Photo: Felix Wong

The commission of inquiry into October's deadly ferry collision off Lamma Island will start on Wednesday after the chairman rejected applications for an adjournment.

"There is no point in delaying the receipt of evidence," Mr Justice Michael Lunn said yesterday. "It would merely create unnecessary delay."

8 Dec 2012 - 4:10am