Advertising agencies' price code may violate competition law, say experts

Longstanding pricing rules set by the advertising industry's leading trade association conflict with the competition law, the consumer watchdog and legal experts warn.

Saturday, 15 September, 2012, 3:16am

Macau corruption trial of Hong Kong tycoons may be adjourned

The corruption trial of Hong Kong tycoons Joseph Lau Luen-hung and Steven Lo Kit-sing, which is due to start on Monday in Macau, may be adjourned over pre-trial hitches and an "impossible" court schedule.

The two businessmen were charged for allegedly offering a HK$20 million bribe to Macau's former public works chief Ao Man-long to secure a land deal for a luxury property project.

14 Sep 2012 - 2:59am

Copycat heist from Korea pulls it off

Copycat heist from Korea pulls it off

Korean filmmaker Choi Dong-hoon made his debut in the big-screen heist genre with The Big Swindle in 2004. His follow-up is The Thieves. 

14 Sep 2012 - 9:43am

US whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld gets US$104m in UBS tax evasion case

Bradley Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who went to prison after telling the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) how the bank helped thousands of Americans evade taxes, secured a whistle-blower award of US$104 million, the largest individual federal payout in US history.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:00am

Taxi drivers short-changing passengers in Tsim Sha Tsui

Police have reported a recent series of cases where taxi drivers refuse to pay change or even drive away with passengers' luggage - with one tourist losing luxury items worth HK$70,000.

Police received 10 such complaints since May. The latest arrest was of a 48-year-old driver who short-changed a plainclothes officer posing as a tourist last night.

12 Sep 2012 - 2:53am

Pair on trial for false voter registration

Two men stood trial yesterday accused of giving false information when they registered to vote before the district council elections last November.

Company proprietor Lui Sze-kwok, 41, and salesman Ching Tak-ho, 30, pleaded not guilty in Kowloon City Court.

11 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Former Kosovo rebel 'witnessed harvesting of Serb prisoner's heart'

Serbia says it has a former Kosovo rebel witness who allegedly took part in removing the heart of a Serb prisoner for the international black market in organs during the 1990s Kosovo conflict.

11 Sep 2012 - 9:30am

Undercover officers nab over 20 men in compensated-dating sting

Three policewomen disguised as compensated-dating girls have arrested about 20 men - including an off-duty policeman and an immigration officer - on suspicion of soliciting for immoral purposes.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

Judge blasts developers for wasting time with planning appeals

A judge yesterday accused developers of increasingly using judicial reviews to challenge decisions by city planners, causing serious delays to development.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:45am

Shenzhen hospital chiefs charged with pocketing millions in bribes

Shenzhen prosecutors have filed formal charges against eight senior hospital executives for taking bribes in the procurement of goods, such as medical equipment and medicine.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:41am

Former Chongqing anti-crime hero Tang Jianhua arrested on bribery suspicion

Ex-Chongqing deputy police chief Tang Jianhua.

A former deputy police chief in Chongqing, hailed as a crime-busting hero at the height of a massive anti-triad campaign in the municipality, has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, mainland media reported yesterday.

5 Sep 2012 - 3:34am

Setting up a one-stop shop to mediate financial disputes

Anyone (particularly insomniacs) watching a local television channel in Hong Kong recently may have seen the public broadcast advertisement for Hong Kong's new Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC).

What is the FDRC?

The FDRC is a "one-stop shop" for the settlement of disputes between certain individual investors and regulated financial institutions in Hong Kong.

11 Sep 2012 - 2:47pm

Chinese-Dutch girl killed after Facebook comments

Joyce 'Winsie' Hau was stabbed over her social media comments.

A Dutch court yesterday jailed a teenager for stabbing a 15-year-old girl to death and attempting to kill her father after she allegedly posted derogatory comments about another girl on Facebook.

The case involving three teenagers from the Chinese community in the Netherlands has shocked the country. The media dubbed the case the "Facebook murder".

4 Sep 2012 - 3:25am

Wheelchair-bound petitioner blows himself up in meeting with officials

A wheelchair-bound suicide bomber killed himself and injured six others yesterday while in a meeting with local government officials to air his grievances.

4 Sep 2012 - 8:48am

City Digest

Four more jailed for vote-rigging

4 Sep 2012 - 2:40am