Sichuan salesmen run half-naked in cold after bad performance reviews

Employees are seen running on a road in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Photo: SCMP Pictures

More than 10 men were seen shirtless running on a highway in Chengdu, the capital city of China’s southwestern province, said Chengdu Business Daily on Tuesday. Accompanying them were several female colleagues who wore thin clothes.

Wednesday, 20 February, 2013, 1:25pm 1 comment

Companion of India gang-rape victim identifies bus

Activists stand behind a memorial for the murdered gang rape victim in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped identified on Tuesday the bus on which the attack took place as he testified in the trial of five adults accused of her murder.

5 Feb 2013 - 8:21pm 1 comment

Indian cabinet backs tougher punishment for rapists

A candle light vigil held against the brutal Delhi gang-rape in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

A government-appointed panel recommended the changes after the death of a 23-year-old woman who was savagely raped and attacked in a bus on December 16 and died nearly two weeks later.

3 Feb 2013 - 7:05am

Chinese ivory smugglers fined just US$340

The four Chinese defendants listen to their interpreter in court. Photo: EPA

During sentencing in Nairobi, Magistrate Timothy Okello regretted the defendants' crime "is still considered a petty offence" and called for Kenyan laws "to be amended to reflect the gravity of such matters".

30 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Hong Kong needs increased vigilance over money laundering

A young mainlander from Guangdong, at a rate of HK$50 million a day, made 4,800 deposits and 3,500 transfers across the border through Chiyu Bank. Photo: Dominic Nahr

Hong Kong's free market means we are open to criminals taking advantage of our liberal regime. While the government thinks it has put in place tight controls against money laundering and other illegal activities, prosecutions and convictions do happen from time to time.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:25am 5 comments

End of forced labour hailed, but some fear it may return in another form

The laojiao system allows the police to send people to forced labour camps for up to four years without trial.

Legal experts and rights groups welcomed reports this week about ending re-education through labour, but are concerned that another unjust punishment system will take its place as long as stability remains the Communist Party's overarching priority.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Learning to break rules isn't all bad

Photo: Edward Wong

"Oh why do they have to be such boys?" my mother complained when my sons jumped up and down on the bed instead of settling down to do their Chinese homework.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am

Leniency appropriate only for some crimes and for some offenders

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos. Photo: Nora Tam

Giving criminals the punishment they deserve is a fundamental principle of the administration of justice. To most people, it means putting the accused in the dock, giving him or her a fair trial and passing the appropriate sentence. But punishment is only a means to an end. There is more to justice than locking people up.

30 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

China's unjust labour camps must go

China's unjust labour camps must go

Imagine you are a young man standing handcuffed in the Old Bailey, London's courtroom, in 1791, facing a capital crime for which you have been framed. Enter William Garrow, a young defence lawyer, uttering these words: "Innocent until proven guilty!" - which saved you from the gallows, and also saved justice from the gallows.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:15am 4 comments

Nepali jailed in Japan for murder he did not commit urges prison reforms

Chandrakala Mainali welcomes home her son. Photo: AFP

A Nepali migrant worker who spent 15 years in a Japanese jail for a murder he did not commit claims he was tortured in prison and has urged Tokyo to reform its police and prison system.

Govinda Prasad Mainali was working at a restaurant in the Japanese capital when he was arrested on suspicion of strangling Yasuko Watanabe in 1997.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Small-scale sellers need protection

A stationery shop in Choi Hung estate has been fined HK$9,000 for selling airplane chess sets that were considered dangerous. The supplier of the games was fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Word power

Match the following words with their meanings below.

1 spike

2 covert

3 discerning

4 gory

5 vehement

6 obliged

a bloody

b not open; secretive

c passionate, showing strong feelings

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Jail term for spitters 'excessive at this stage'

Donald Tsang's Team Clean considered imposing jail terms on repeat spitters, people who let their dogs foul the streets and bill poster offenders but dropped the idea because it was too excessive 'at this stage'.

10 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Ex-policeman wins job fight

A former police constable has won his fight to be reinstated. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann ruled in the Court of First Instance the decision by a disciplinary officer in March last year to compulsorily retire Kam Wai-hung breached the principle of fairness.

24 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Retired police constable fights to get job back

A former policeman is fighting to get his job back after being forced out for abusing the police computer system while in training.

Kam Wai-hung filed a High Court writ yesterday seeking reinstatement on grounds that the force's discipline officer had wrongfully amended a ruling made by its disciplinary tribunal on October 15 last year.

27 Sep 2001 - 12:00am