Law Enforcement Agency Powers

Watchdog reports four surveillance breaches

Wrong phone tapped for a week, and judge kept in dark, but case called inadvertent

Four breaches of the covert surveillance law were committed in the first five months after it took effect in August last year.

Thursday, 1 November, 2007, 12:00am

City Briefs

Half of littering tourists leave without paying fine

9 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Less is more

Most people would agree that, in times of unrest and internal subversion, the police should have effective powers to enforce the law and maintain public order. But in times of peace and stability, very few would suggest that more powers should be added to the arsenal already enjoyed by the police.

9 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Searches can help prevent crime

In his letter headlined 'Perturbed by police 'power' to search contents of wallet' (South China Morning Post, February 17), your correspondent questioned whether police officers who stopped and searched him in Tsim Sha Tsui had abused their power.

I fully appreciate your correspondent's feelings.

3 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Phone-tapping bill does not go far enough

In your editorial of March 1, you are quite right in highlighting the Government's procrastination with regard to the introduction of legislation regulating the interception of communications.

6 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Exco backs curbs on police powers

The Executive Council yesterday endorsed proposals aimed at preventing abuse of power by police and other law enforcers.

The proposals will restrict police powers to stop and search people and make arrests, and will require suspects to be taken promptly to court.

23 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

'Too few staff' to tape suspects

ABOUT 50 full-time staff would be needed to expand police recording of interviews with suspects.

This has emerged after a string of failed prosecutions in which judges have criticised police conduct, including the obtaining of statements and the way officers liaised with reputed criminal figures.

11 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Drug suspect escapes from hospital

A MAN who was arrested on Saturday after jumping bail over a dangerous drugs offence escaped from Queen Elizabeth Hospital early yesterday.

Police said the 40-year-old suspect was thought to have escaped through the window of the men's toilet in the general ward at about 6 am.

He had been taken to hospital on Sunday after complaining he felt unwell.

6 Apr 1993 - 12:00am