Chris Lau

Chris is a reporter specialising in court and legal affairs in Hong Kong. From criminal justice to constitutional issues, he brings in the latest updates and in-depth analysis on legal issues that affect all aspects of the city. He also covers human rights issues extensively.
Chris Lau
Chris is a reporter specialising in court and legal affairs in Hong Kong. From criminal justice to constitutional issues, he brings in the latest updates and in-depth analysis on legal issues that affect all aspects of the city. He also covers human rights issues extensively.

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Hong Kong MTR workers scrambling to restore East Rail line services after derailment, while authorities vow thorough investigations

Eight injured when three carriages come off the track near Hung Hom station during morning commute.

18 Sep 2019 - 12:08AM

Eight injured when three carriages come off the track near Hung Hom station during morning commute.

Hong Kong MTR workers scrambling to restore East Rail line services after derailment, while authorities vow thorough investigations
Trio launch court action against Hong Kong police over failure to display identification numbers during anti-government protests

Three men all claim they were hurt during protests but say officers’ failure to display identification numbers makes it difficult to lodge formal complaint, and violates city’s Bill of Rights.

16 Sep 2019 - 10:23PM

Three men all claim they were hurt during protests but say officers’ failure to display identification numbers makes it difficult to lodge formal complaint, and violates city’s Bill of Rights.

Trio launch court action against Hong Kong police over failure to display identification numbers during anti-government protests
Woman who suffered eye injury during Hong Kong protest can take police to court in warrant fight, judge rules

Court of First Instance grants leave to the woman who suffered a serious eye injury in anti-government protest to continue legal battle after police seized records without her consent.

13 Sep 2019 - 3:40PM

Court of First Instance grants leave to the woman who suffered a serious eye injury in anti-government protest to continue legal battle after police seized records without her consent.

Woman who suffered eye injury during Hong Kong protest can take police to court in warrant fight, judge rules
Hong Kong protesters launch series of legal challenges and ask city’s judges to remove riot label from early clashes with police

In series of court challenges, Civil Human Rights Front leader Jimmy Sham and protester Yeung Kwok-ming want use of tear gas on June 12 declared unconstitutional, while teacher Yeung Tsz-chun targets Special Tactical Squad.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:42AM

In series of court challenges, Civil Human Rights Front leader Jimmy Sham and protester Yeung Kwok-ming want use of tear gas on June 12 declared unconstitutional, while teacher Yeung Tsz-chun targets Special Tactical Squad.

Hong Kong protesters launch series of legal challenges and ask city’s judges to remove riot label from early clashes with police
Lawyers for woman injured in Hong Kong protest accuse police of going ‘behind her back’ to get medical records because they knew she would challenge warrant

Lawyers for ‘K’ say client has still not been given copy of warrant used to obtain her records from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, despite police knowing she would have challenged it in court.

12 Sep 2019 - 4:39PM

Lawyers for ‘K’ say client has still not been given copy of warrant used to obtain her records from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, despite police knowing she would have challenged it in court.

Lawyers for woman injured in Hong Kong protest accuse police of going ‘behind her back’ to get medical records because they knew she would challenge warrant
Anti-government movement takes singing protest to Hong Kong malls

New song Glory to Hong Kong has caught on quickly, with renditions at a university and a soccer match. Demonstrators plan to belt it out at shopping centres across the city, including site of previous clashes with police.

12 Sep 2019 - 3:09PM

New song Glory to Hong Kong has caught on quickly, with renditions at a university and a soccer match. Demonstrators plan to belt it out at shopping centres across the city, including site of previous clashes with police.

Anti-government movement takes singing protest to Hong Kong malls
Chinese national anthem booed and human chain formed at Hong Kong v Iran World Cup soccer qualifier as protests enter the sporting arena

Fans protest before kick-off and again at half-time in first home qualifying match for 2022 World Cup at Hong Kong Stadium. National anthem March of the Volunteers has been regularly booed by local fans since World Cup qualifier in 2015.

11 Sep 2019 - 9:57AM

Fans protest before kick-off and again at half-time in first home qualifying match for 2022 World Cup at Hong Kong Stadium. National anthem March of the Volunteers has been regularly booed by local fans since World Cup qualifier in 2015.

Chinese national anthem booed and human chain formed at Hong Kong v Iran World Cup soccer qualifier as protests enter the sporting arena
Two Hongkongers ‘kidnapped former schoolmate after he failed to pay cocaine bill’

Marco Tam Ho-tin and Lee Ki allegedly held Ma Ting-hin in a Mong Kok hotel room in June last year over his ‘failure to foot HK$200,000 cocaine bill’.

9 Sep 2019 - 11:15PM

Marco Tam Ho-tin and Lee Ki allegedly held Ma Ting-hin in a Mong Kok hotel room in June last year over his ‘failure to foot HK$200,000 cocaine bill’.

Two Hongkongers ‘kidnapped former schoolmate after he failed to pay cocaine bill’
Hong Kong’s railway staff union warns some MTR stations cannot survive further vandalism by anti-government protesters

Carrie Lam toured Central station, accompanied by transport chief Frank Chan and top MTR Corp officials. Stations were among four forced to close following disruptions during Sunday protests.

10 Sep 2019 - 5:01AM

Carrie Lam toured Central station, accompanied by transport chief Frank Chan and top MTR Corp officials. Stations were among four forced to close following disruptions during Sunday protests.

Hong Kong’s railway staff union warns some MTR stations cannot survive further vandalism by anti-government protesters
Hong Kong protests: woman who suffered eye injury in violent protest engages lawyers to block police’s attempt to seek her medical records

Woman who suffered serious eye injury in a violent protest on August 11 has engaged lawyers to block police attempt to seek her medical reports.

8 Sep 2019 - 11:44PM

Woman who suffered serious eye injury in a violent protest on August 11 has engaged lawyers to block police attempt to seek her medical reports.

Hong Kong protests: woman who suffered eye injury in violent protest engages lawyers to block police’s attempt to seek her medical records
Hong Kong government urged by Court of Final Appeal to backdate benefits to 2017 after gay civil servant Angus Leung wins landmark LGBT case

In final judgment of long-running legal battle, city’s most senior judges tell officials ‘fairness’ should drive them to make retrospective payments to same-sex couples.

6 Sep 2019 - 11:37PM

In final judgment of long-running legal battle, city’s most senior judges tell officials ‘fairness’ should drive them to make retrospective payments to same-sex couples.

Hong Kong government urged by Court of Final Appeal to backdate benefits to 2017 after gay civil servant Angus Leung wins landmark LGBT case
Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired on Nathan Road as demonstrations force closure of multiple MTR stations, including Prince Edward, Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei

Tear gas and street violence after crowds gather outside Prince Edward MTR demanding release of CCTV footage showing police action on train from August 31.

7 Sep 2019 - 1:12PM

Tear gas and street violence after crowds gather outside Prince Edward MTR demanding release of CCTV footage showing police action on train from August 31.

Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired on Nathan Road as demonstrations force closure of multiple MTR stations, including Prince Edward, Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei
Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam has ruled out commission of inquiry into police actions, so what can replace it and will it work?

As Hong Kong leader accedes to one of the protesters’ demands, we look into other ways the chief executive can quell the violence and whether she can learn from Britain’s London riots or the ‘yellow vests’ in France.

6 Sep 2019 - 12:29PM

As Hong Kong leader accedes to one of the protesters’ demands, we look into other ways the chief executive can quell the violence and whether she can learn from Britain’s London riots or the ‘yellow vests’ in France.

Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam has ruled out commission of inquiry into police actions, so what can replace it and will it work?
Seven members and staff of Hong Kong taxi association among 17 charged over vote-rigging during 2016 Legislative Council elections

Seven members and staff of a taxi association are among 17 charged over vote-rigging during Legislative Council elections in 2016.

5 Sep 2019 - 8:47PM

Seven members and staff of a taxi association are among 17 charged over vote-rigging during Legislative Council elections in 2016.

Seven members and staff of Hong Kong taxi association among 17 charged over vote-rigging during 2016 Legislative Council elections
Hong Kong protesters attack MTR station supervisor and leave him needing hospital treatment for hand and neck injuries

Man suffers neck and hand injures after incident at Po Lam MTR station, as protesters again vandalise ticket machines and entry gates.

5 Sep 2019 - 5:01PM

Man suffers neck and hand injures after incident at Po Lam MTR station, as protesters again vandalise ticket machines and entry gates.

Hong Kong protesters attack MTR station supervisor and leave him needing hospital treatment for hand and neck injuries
Head of local prosecutors’ group urges Hong Kong justice minister Teresa Cheng to advise police about ‘reliability and honesty’, leaked email shows

Head of prosecutors association claims police lied about timing of activists’ arrests – but former top prosecutor calls his letter ‘strange’.

3 Sep 2019 - 3:46AM

Head of prosecutors association claims police lied about timing of activists’ arrests – but former top prosecutor calls his letter ‘strange’.

Head of local prosecutors’ group urges Hong Kong justice minister Teresa Cheng to advise police about ‘reliability and honesty’, leaked email shows
Tear gas fired in Mong Kok stand-off as protesters target police station and block roads in escalating anger at force amid two-day citywide strike

Arrests made after demonstrators block a section on Nathan Road. Tensions follow earlier stand-off in Admiralty after rally at Tamar Park.

3 Sep 2019 - 9:09AM

Arrests made after demonstrators block a section on Nathan Road. Tensions follow earlier stand-off in Admiralty after rally at Tamar Park.

Tear gas fired in Mong Kok stand-off as protesters target police station and block roads in escalating anger at force amid two-day citywide strike
Hong Kong judge rejects retrial of teenage independence activist Lau Hong, cleared of air pistol charge relating to Admiralty protest

Prosecutors argued Lau Hong’s politics bolstered case for second trial over offence allegedly committed when a schoolboy. Hong, 17, says he is victim of ‘political persecution’.

29 Aug 2019 - 3:45PM

Prosecutors argued Lau Hong’s politics bolstered case for second trial over offence allegedly committed when a schoolboy. Hong, 17, says he is victim of ‘political persecution’.

Hong Kong judge rejects retrial of teenage independence activist Lau Hong, cleared of air pistol charge relating to Admiralty protest
Hong Kong man who stabbed best friend in grisly ‘killing game’ inspired by graphic video games sentenced to six years in prison

Chow Jie, 21, angered by friend refusing to play basketball, began fantasising about dismembering and killing him.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:33PM

Chow Jie, 21, angered by friend refusing to play basketball, began fantasising about dismembering and killing him.

Hong Kong man who stabbed best friend in grisly ‘killing game’ inspired by graphic video games sentenced to six years in prison
Hong Kong protests: two more demonstrators charged with rioting over clash with police in Kowloon Bay

Tse Cheuk-wa and Chow Kin-ho were charged at Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court for taking part in riot near Wai Yip Street in Kowloon Bay on Saturday.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:33PM

Tse Cheuk-wa and Chow Kin-ho were charged at Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court for taking part in riot near Wai Yip Street in Kowloon Bay on Saturday.

Hong Kong protests: two more demonstrators charged with rioting over clash with police in Kowloon Bay
Hong Kong protest-related MTR closures challenged in court

The closures of stations near protest sites were unprecedented during months of recent anti-government unrest. Former civil servant applies for judicial review against MTR Corporation, saying its actions led to clashes with police.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:33PM

The closures of stations near protest sites were unprecedented during months of recent anti-government unrest. Former civil servant applies for judicial review against MTR Corporation, saying its actions led to clashes with police.

Hong Kong protest-related MTR closures challenged in court
Shanghai man whose ‘22-year-old’ Hong Kong girlfriend turned out to be 12 jailed

When they met for the first time after connecting online, the girl told him she was 18 and they had sex. When she finally admitted she was 12, he stayed in the city to face the consequences.

27 Aug 2019 - 11:26PM

When they met for the first time after connecting online, the girl told him she was 18 and they had sex. When she finally admitted she was 12, he stayed in the city to face the consequences.

Shanghai man whose ‘22-year-old’ Hong Kong girlfriend turned out to be 12 jailed
Hong Kong protests: two anti-government demonstrators charged in Kowloon court over clash with police in Tsuen Wan

Anti-government protesters Chuk Ka-lok and Lam Hiu-wa have been charged in West Kowloon Magistrate’s Court for assaulting and obstructing police respectively.

27 Aug 2019 - 9:45PM

Anti-government protesters Chuk Ka-lok and Lam Hiu-wa have been charged in West Kowloon Magistrate’s Court for assaulting and obstructing police respectively.

Hong Kong protests: two anti-government demonstrators charged in Kowloon court over clash with police in Tsuen Wan
Two men charged with rioting over Hong Kong train station attack on protesters and passengers denied bail

Fanling Court rejected applications from both Lam Koon-leung, 48, and Lam Kai-ming, 43, after hearing they teamed up with others to launch a mass assault on passengers at Yuen Long MTR station.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:31PM

Fanling Court rejected applications from both Lam Koon-leung, 48, and Lam Kai-ming, 43, after hearing they teamed up with others to launch a mass assault on passengers at Yuen Long MTR station.

Two men charged with rioting over Hong Kong train station attack on protesters and passengers denied bail
Authorities prepare contingency plans as protesters aim to return to Hong Kong airport on Saturday despite renewal of injunction against demonstrations

Court order against interference with airport operations renewed indefinitely on Friday but protesters intend to get around it. Scenes of unprecedented violence erupted in airport terminal last week after five days of peaceful sit-in descended into chaos.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:41PM

Court order against interference with airport operations renewed indefinitely on Friday but protesters intend to get around it. Scenes of unprecedented violence erupted in airport terminal last week after five days of peaceful sit-in descended into chaos.

Authorities prepare contingency plans as protesters aim to return to Hong Kong airport on Saturday despite renewal of injunction against demonstrations
Hong Kong prosecutors lose final bid to go after activist cleared over sandwich thrown at former leader CY Leung

Avery Ng says the case shows how much money authorities are willing to spend to quash dissent, adding that he will come up with something ‘more innovative’ in future.

23 Aug 2019 - 8:08PM

Avery Ng says the case shows how much money authorities are willing to spend to quash dissent, adding that he will come up with something ‘more innovative’ in future.

Hong Kong prosecutors lose final bid to go after activist cleared over sandwich thrown at former leader CY Leung
High Court extends injunction on protests at Hong Kong International Airport ahead of fresh round of demonstrations

Court extends injunction on protests at Hong Kong International Airport without any opposition ahead of another round of planned action targeting transport hub on Saturday.

23 Aug 2019 - 8:33PM

Court extends injunction on protests at Hong Kong International Airport without any opposition ahead of another round of planned action targeting transport hub on Saturday.

High Court extends injunction on protests at Hong Kong International Airport ahead of fresh round of demonstrations
Hong Kong policemen in court on suspicion of assault as magistrate questions appropriateness of charges

Pair in court alongside former officer for first time in connection with incident involving 62-year-old man at city’s North District Hospital.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:46PM

Pair in court alongside former officer for first time in connection with incident involving 62-year-old man at city’s North District Hospital.

Hong Kong policemen in court on suspicion of assault as magistrate questions appropriateness of charges
Amina Bokhary, niece of top Hong Kong judge, charged with cocaine possession

High-profile local woman accused of having 0.14 gram of cocaine and released on bail. Case resumes in October.

22 Aug 2019 - 3:56AM

High-profile local woman accused of having 0.14 gram of cocaine and released on bail. Case resumes in October.

Amina Bokhary, niece of top Hong Kong judge, charged with cocaine possession
Hong Kong student accuses friend of raping her after night of drinking in Lan Kwai Fong

Man denies charge before seven-member High Court jury, who heard the night started with drinks in Lan Kwai Fong.

21 Aug 2019 - 11:02PM

Man denies charge before seven-member High Court jury, who heard the night started with drinks in Lan Kwai Fong.

Hong Kong student accuses friend of raping her after night of drinking in Lan Kwai Fong