Assault trial of Freemason in 2012 'unusual'

Zetland Hall, home to more than 1,000 Freemasons in the city, including senior government officials and judges. Photo: Edward Wong

The conduct of Freemasons in Hong Kong has come under renewed scrutiny after senior legal figures questioned the handling of alleged indecent assaults by a member at their Zetland Hall headquarters in Mid-Levels.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:15pm

Occupy Central volunteer charged over July 1 protest

Founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting said the government hoped to create 'white terror'. Photo: Dickson Lee

A volunteer at the office of the Occupy Central movement was arrested yesterday for her part in the July 1 demonstrations of 2011, prompting questions as to why it took police nearly two years to act.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am 3 comments

ICAC urged to hand over former chief's case to police

Former ICAC head Timothy Tong has been cast under scrutiny.

The scandal surrounding former head graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming should be investigated by the police, not the Independent Commission Against Corruption, to ensure impartiality, a former prosecutions chief says.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 5 comments

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

US prosecutors have no plans to charge Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong. Photo: Reuters

US Attorney Andre Birotte, who led a federal investigation into the disgraced rider, did not definitively rule out action, but said Armstrong's public admission had not yet changed the decision not to prosecute.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:29am

Beijing bribery cases up in 2012

Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

Zhang Guoying, director of the anti-corruption office of the Beijing Municipal Procuratorate, told the Beijing People's Congress yesterday that municipal prosecutors had handed 1,883 graft cases involving 2,238 officials to legal authorities over the past five years, with 115 defendants being bureau-level officials, the Legal Evening News reported.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

'Zuma case dropped under pressure'

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo:AFP

South African prosecutors came under intense pressure to drop a criminal case against President Jacob Zuma just weeks ahead of his successful 2009 election run, a national newspaper reported Sunday.

According to the Sunday Times, top prosecutors were dismayed with the decision to scrap the criminal case and thought Zuma was trying to "blackmail" them into dropping charges.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Pussy Riot fugitives 'forced to skip Russia' after anti-Putin altar protest

Two members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have fled the country to avoid prosecution for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, the band said yesterday.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:11am

Simplicity the key to drafting laws

Clarity and simplicity are the ABC of good writing. But the basic rules are apparently not appreciated by law drafters around the world. For centuries, the statute book has been filled with acts written in convoluted syntax and jargon. Provisions are often drafted in archaic legal language, with complicated sentence structures running into hundreds of words without breaks.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Legal intent

Dear Secretary, Please accept my congratulations upon your new appointment. Although you face many challenges, you have wide experience in many roles, including Bar chairman, High Court recorder and adjunct law professor, and this will stand you in good stead.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Former chief justice sings Wong's praises

Former chief justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang has taken the unusual step of making public a personal letter paying tribute to the 'outstanding contribution' of Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung, who steps down this week after seven years in the job.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Calls for independent prosecutions chief grow

A Basic Law expert has become the latest legal heavyweight calling for an independent director of public prosecutions amid the scandal over Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's spending.

Alan Hoo, Basic Law Institute chairman, urged that a format to deal with sensitive cases be adopted 'so that justice is done and, more importantly, perceived to be done'.

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

Justice secretary 'will consider' staying out of senior officials' cases

The law against corruption involving senior officials is clear, says Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung, and he will consider disengaging from sensitive cases so the prosecution will be fair and seen to be so.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Rule of law issues cause for concern

I refer to the debate about who should control the process that decides whether to press charges at the end of investigations involving senior government officials.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am