Life Imprisonment

Turkey's ex-generals jailed 20 years for 2003 failed coup bid

A Turkish court yesterday handed down 20-year prison terms to three former generals accused of plotting to overthrow the government in 2003.

Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 3:29am

Gu Kailai's suspended death sentence reflects recent anti-execution trend

"No clear law": lawyer Li Heping

Suspended death sentences such as the one given to Gu Kailai yesterday are a measure Beijing has adopted in recent years to reduce the number of executions.

21 Aug 2012 - 4:35am

Pressure remains for power bill rises

The city's two electricity companies have bowed to public pressure and scaled back their proposals for steep tariff increases. CLP Power lowered its proposed rise from an average 9.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent by deferring the recovery of fuel costs. Hongkong Electric adjusted its basic tariff structure so that 70 per cent of its users will be paying less than originally proposed.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Offender sentenced under old law - with lower maximum penalty

A jail sentence of one year and eight months may appear to many people to be a lenient sentence for a driver convicted of dangerous driving causing death, especially given the recent public outcry for heavier penalties for such drivers.

3 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Young killers find work with man who helped free them

Lawmaker Leung Yiu-chung launched a campaign in 1997 to win definite sentences for a group of young murderers detained at Her Majesty's pleasure.

He has since taken his concern further by employing four of them as his assistants. One has worked for him for nearly three years. Mr Leung hopes the jobs will help the former inmates contribute to society.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

A punishment that does not fit the crime

Life imprisonment is a punishment meant to fit the most serious of crimes, a humane alternative to the death penalty and the maximum penalty in jurisdictions that have abolished capital punishment. On the mainland, it is often handed down for crimes which might, in other circumstances, have attracted the death penalty.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

FYI: Are the rich and famous really treated to a different kind of justice than the rest of us?

Kiefer Sutherland, star of groundbreaking TV thriller 24, has become the latest celebrity to contemplate life behind bars, having rolled up to the city jail in Glendale, California, to begin a 48-day term for a second drink-driving offence.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The editing of the letter 'Substitute for life' (April 7) incorrectly implied that only prisoners sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment who have received a minimum-term recommendation from a judge are assessed by the Long Term Prison Sentences Review Board.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Braemar Hill killer who feared for his life deserves lenient term, court told

A man who was jailed for 35 years for his involvement in the brutal Braemar Hill murders 21 years ago deserved a more lenient sentence because he was forced to take part on pain of death, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday.

9 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Judges wary of ruling on life terms

Appeal justices reserve decision after defence lawyer says it would be best if the sentencing review process is formalised

The Court of First Instance needed to be wary of becoming a de facto legislature when considering a challenge on how mandatory life sentences are reviewed, a judge said yesterday.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Sentencing reviews 'in breach of Basic Law'

The system of review for mandatory life sentences in Hong Kong violates the Basic Law and the Bill of Rights, a court heard yesterday.

The Court of First Instance is hearing a judicial review into the case of Tong Yu-lam, who was sentenced in 1993 to life in prison for murder.

16 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Rehabilitation the issue, not sympathy

The possible release later this year of one of the men responsible for the Braemar Hill murders will understandably provoke strong emotions.

This was an exceptionally brutal crime which shocked and appalled our community when it was committed in 1985. And the sense of outrage which it evokes has not diminished over the years.

5 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Legal hope for detained juvenile murderers

Hope dawned yesterday for 24 prisoners detained indefinitely for murders committed while they were minors, with the passage of a law enabling their sentences to be determined in court.

The prisoners, detained before the handover at 'her majesty's pleasure', are now held 'at the discretion of the chief executive'.

10 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Indefinite jail terms for youths slammed

Lawmakers call for a stop to detaining juveniles 'at chief executive's discretion'

Juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment should know when they will be freed, rather than being given indefinite jail terms, lawmakers said yesterday.

They urged the government to adopt a British-style tariff system instead of the minimum-sentence approach.

14 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Hope for murderers stuck in legal limbo

Fate of 25 prisoners jailed as minors hangs on a proposed amendment

The fate of 25 prisoners detained indefinitely for murders committed as minors looks set to be determined in court, years after they were held 'at Her Majesty's pleasure'.

11 Nov 2003 - 12:00am