Chronology of controversy February 1997 Named the first SAR Secretary for Justice. March 1998 The Justice Department introduces legislation to exempt the then Xinhua (now Beijing's Liaison Office) from legal liability in a series of laws on discrimination, arbitration and environment. April Admitted to hospital to undergo an operation to remove a cancerous tumour of the colon. Her medical report is leaked to the media by a Queen Mary Hospital research assistant, who is prosecuted. October Miss Leung refuses to seek the return of gangster 'Big Spender' Cheung Tsz-keung from the mainland to be tried in Hong Kong. He is later executed. November Miss Leung insists mainland courts have jurisdiction over the case of Li Yuhui, who killed three women and two girls in Telford Gardens. He is also executed. February 1999 Her integrity is challenged by lawmakers after she reveals she does not intend to charge newspaper tycoon Sally Aw Sian in the Hong Kong Standard circulation fraud case, partly because staff might lose their jobs if the group collapses. March Legco legal profession representative Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee moves a vote of no-confidence in her over the incident but is defeated. June The Government seeks a reinterpretation from the National People's Congress Standing Committee of the right of abode provision in the Basic Law after Miss Leung makes trips to Beijing to 'explain' the case.