Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung

Chief executive denies US accusation of feigning confusion over Snowden's name

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday rejected the US government accusation that the city's officials had feigned confusion over Edward Snowden’s name as a pretext for not detaining the intelligence leaker before he departed to Russia.

Friday, 28 June, 2013, 8:40am 3 comments

Hong Kong minister rejects US accusations of deliberately delaying Snowden's arrest

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong’s justice secretary said on Tuesday the United States had failed to provide crucial information necessary to support its request for the arrest of whistle-blower Edward Snowden before he had left the city.

26 Jun 2013 - 5:29am 46 comments

Government must ensure full accountability for Lamma ferry crash

A Taoist ritual was held to mourn those who were killed in vessel collision off Lamma Island. Photo: Nora Tam

Following the death of 39 people when two vessels collided off Lamma Island during the National Day fireworks display last October, the Leung Chun-ying administration immediately appointed a high-level independent commission to look into the cause of the accident. The collision was Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in more than 40 years.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 2 comments

Alleged blackmailer takes on justice chief

A securities dealer is seeking to challenge the justice secretary in court after his private prosecution of a businessman who accused him of blackmail was terminated by the public prosecutor.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

Rimsky Yuen - cool, calm and collecting critics

Rimsky Yuen

Since taking office less than six months ago, Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung has quickly become one of the city's most politicised - and besieged - justice ministers in recent memory.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Who said it?

Tahirul Qadri

It's difficult to say whether the military is involved, but definitely his agenda suits the military and its historical control over power

Analyst Raza Rumi, on Pakistani religious scholar Tahirul Qadri's "Long March" rally


There seems to be a disturbing lack of civility towards office-holders and even fellow legislators

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Justice minister Yuen under pressure to spell out right of abode request

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

The justice minister is being pressed by the legal sector for details of an application to the top court for a referral to Beijing to clarify the Basic Law on who has right of abode here, before it is heard next month.

And the local government was also warned the request must be handled well - or the city's rule of law could be affected.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Right of abode debate: Experts have their say

Illustration: Henry Wong

It's been a turbulent end to the year for Hong Kong's judicial independence and rule of law.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:09am 6 comments

Lawyers warn of possible judicial interference

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

The Bar Association has warned of possible interference with judicial independence as a result of the recent heated debate over seeking interpretations of the Basic Law from Beijing.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:20am 1 comment

How should Basic Law be 'interpreted' for the times?

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

The Hong Kong government's request for the Court of Final Appeal to consider asking the National People's Congress Standing Committee for a clarification of the committee's 1999 interpretation of the Basic Law is, in the words of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, an attempt to "tidy up" legal loose ends.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:50pm 6 comments

Devil in the detail of government's case for interpretation

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

Many government critics are barking up the wrong tree. The government has every right as a litigant to suggest the top court ask Beijing for an interpretation of residency rights.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:50pm 6 comments

Right of abode appeal to Beijing a 'bad precedent'

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

Legal experts expressed their fears for judicial independence yesterday after the government suggested that the city's top court ask Beijing to clarify an interpretation of residency laws.

14 Dec 2012 - 9:26pm 19 comments

Mainland mothers influx not on Beijing agenda for Hong Kong justice chief

Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung inspects police officers last month. He begins his three-day trip to Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The justice secretary, who left for Beijing on Wednesday morning, said his official trip agenda did not include passing laws on subversion or mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Justice chief Rimsky Yuen calls for 'rational, unbiased' legal debate

Justice minister Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: Felix Wong

Justice minister Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung yesterday called for rational, unbiased discussion of hotly debated legal issues to avoid the "polarisation and politicisation" of society.

He was speaking at a meeting of lawmakers shunned by ex-justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Bar Association backs non-Chinese judges in top court

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung

The Bar Association said yesterday the suggestion that only Chinese nationals should become judges in the top court goes against the provisions of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:03am