Law Enforcement in the United States

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.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:43pm


Church right to ordain own bishops

Emperor Constantine legitimised Christianity in the 4th century and dominated Christendom.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wary parents hire private eye for kids

Private detectives are traditionally instructed to get evidence of extramarital affairs. But for a growing number of Philic Man Hin-nam's clients, it's not their husbands or wives they want followed, but their children.

Suspicious parents call her in when they fear their offspring are involved with drugs or trading sexual favours for cash.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Senior public prosecutor quizzed over fraud case

A senior public prosecutor who specialises in fighting money laundering and corruption is 'assisting'' anti-triad police in a top-level probe into the handling of evidence in a fraud trial.

Assistant director of public prosecutions Gavin Shiu was spoken to by detectives from the organised crime and triad bureau late last week.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Amendments tocriminal 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

Sober advice on intractable drug problem

It's high time for a rethink on tackling the global drug epidemic. The US war on drugs has clearly failed. An urgent and honest dialogue is needed. So it should be welcome when a Central American leader whose country is plagued by drug-trafficking violence tries to raise the issue with his fellow politicians in the region.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Youth tempted by drugs just need a dose of love

During the festive season, when young people are at greater risk of being tempted by drugs, parents might do well to heed the advice of a former TV actress turned parenting expert.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Positive path to an anti-drug culture

Our government has invested a lot of its social and moral capital in the war on drugs. Increased funding for anti-drug programmes, treatment and rehabilitation has wide community support. Some of it, however, is being spent on voluntary testing in schools, a controversial initiative that is both problematic and potentially divisive.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

To prosecute or not?

Although prosecutors must make decisions in a professional way, some say that the weak prosecutor finds it easier to prosecute a suspect than to stop the case.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

When and when not to prosecute

The taking of fair and independent decisions on whether or not to prosecute people suspected of committing crimes lies at the heart of our system of justice. While these decisions may often appear routine, based on whether there is sufficient evidence and prosecuting is in the public interest, they can be highly controversial.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


SWAT teams mobilised for summer training sessions

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Welcome to Shanghai ... or Shang-high for some

'You like a smoke?' he asks, taking a long drag on his sweetly fragrant roll-up and leaning back against a pet-shop window.

It's just gone 10pm on a weeknight and a popular bar street in the centre of Shanghai is unusually quiet. We have barely met and this tall Nigerian has offered me a score almost by way of a 'hello'.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Until clause goes, defence lawyers are just decoration

The detention of four lawyers in Guangxi last month for allegedly fabricating evidence in an assault case has left mainland legal circles deeply shaken, and once again drawn attention to the notorious clause 306 of the Chinese Criminal Code, which targets lawyers for false testimony given by witnesses and defendants.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cleaning up

Last year, it was discovered that Zhao Zuohai had spent almost 11 years in a Chinese prison for the alleged murder in Henan of a fellow villager who disappeared after a fight, but who later turned out to be alive when he revealed himself in order to obtain welfare payouts.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

New twist in high-profile case against lawyer

The Chongqing trial of lawyer Li Zhuang took another twist yesterday, with prosecutors dropping the charge against Li, who was accused of tampering with evidence.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am