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 independence activist Edward Leung in legal limbo as jury continues to deliberate over his role in 2016 Mong Kok riot

Trial has featured months of video footage and testimony from law enforcement officers and Edward Leung. The jury will reconvene on Thursday.

21 Mar 2019 - 2:40AM

Trial has featured months of video footage and testimony from law enforcement officers and Edward Leung. The jury will reconvene on Thursday.

Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung in legal limbo as jury continues to deliberate over his role in 2016 Mong Kok riot
Dog owner’s anger at Hong Kong authorities for quarantining puppy despite it being microchipped and having its shots

Paul Whitcomb had hoped to introduce two chows to his older dog, who died while five-month-old Persephone was locked up.

17 Mar 2019 - 9:23AM

Paul Whitcomb had hoped to introduce two chows to his older dog, who died while five-month-old Persephone was locked up.

Dog owner’s anger at Hong Kong authorities for quarantining puppy despite it being microchipped and having its shots
Hong Kong delivery man jailed for three years over accident where he rammed policeman, killing him

Ng Kin-shing, 59, had a history of convictions for careless driving.

15 Mar 2019 - 6:37PM

Ng Kin-shing, 59, had a history of convictions for careless driving.

Hong Kong delivery man jailed for three years over accident where he rammed policeman, killing him
Amina Bokhary, niece of top Hong Kong judge, wanted by police for skipping bail hearing

The 42-year-old was supposed to report to police regarding her latest arrest in January, but she never showed up.

17 Mar 2019 - 7:46PM

The 42-year-old was supposed to report to police regarding her latest arrest in January, but she never showed up.

Amina Bokhary, niece of top Hong Kong judge, wanted by police for skipping bail hearing
Leave political opinions to one side when deciding guilt, judge tells jurors in Mong Kok riot case

Hong Kong pro-independence activist Edward Leung is among four people charged with rioting on Lunar New Year’s Eve in February 2016.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:15PM

Hong Kong pro-independence activist Edward Leung is among four people charged with rioting on Lunar New Year’s Eve in February 2016.

Leave political opinions to one side when deciding guilt, judge tells jurors in Mong Kok riot case
Lan Kwai Fong tycoon Allan Zeman faces US$9.2 million lawsuit in Hong Kong court over alleged unpaid commission on Macau land sale

Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman dismisses the allegations, calling the claim frivolous and without basis.

13 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM

Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman dismisses the allegations, calling the claim frivolous and without basis.

Lan Kwai Fong tycoon Allan Zeman faces US$9.2 million lawsuit in Hong Kong court over alleged unpaid commission on Macau land sale
Activist applies for judicial review of Hong Kong justice minister’s decision not to prosecute CY Leung

Former lawmaker Tsang Kin-shing claims move was illegal and wants High Court to order charges be brought against city’s former leader.

12 Mar 2019 - 7:50PM

Former lawmaker Tsang Kin-shing claims move was illegal and wants High Court to order charges be brought against city’s former leader.

Activist applies for judicial review of Hong Kong justice minister’s decision not to prosecute CY Leung
Hong Kong man who raped and molested domestic helper jailed for 11 years

Tsang Wai-sun, 55, forced himself on the 27-year-old Indonesian on various occasions within two weeks of her starting work at his home. After the second rape, the helper kept a sample of Tsang’s semen as evidence and reported the crime.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:56PM

Tsang Wai-sun, 55, forced himself on the 27-year-old Indonesian on various occasions within two weeks of her starting work at his home. After the second rape, the helper kept a sample of Tsang’s semen as evidence and reported the crime.

Hong Kong man who raped and molested domestic helper jailed for 11 years
Hong Kong retiree given 200 hours of community service for spraying workers with disinfectant over Typhoon Mangkhut repairs

Court orders Ng Heung-man, 55, to do 200 hours of community service.

4 Mar 2019 - 5:30PM

Court orders Ng Heung-man, 55, to do 200 hours of community service.

Hong Kong retiree given 200 hours of community service for spraying workers with disinfectant over Typhoon Mangkhut repairs
Hong Kong Airlines sued for HK$150 million in unpaid fees for rented aeroplanes

It is the second civil suit the airline has faced in a month but company says it ‘has no impact on our business and we are operating as normal’.

25 Feb 2019 - 11:26PM

It is the second civil suit the airline has faced in a month but company says it ‘has no impact on our business and we are operating as normal’.

Hong Kong Airlines sued for HK$150 million in unpaid fees for rented aeroplanes
Billionaire Japanese pachinko king Kazuo Okada released unconditionally by Hong Kong’s anti-corruption agency, company Aruze Gaming says

The septuagenarian tycoon had been granted bail after being arrested for unspecified offences last year.

23 Feb 2019 - 4:25AM

The septuagenarian tycoon had been granted bail after being arrested for unspecified offences last year.

Billionaire Japanese pachinko king Kazuo Okada released unconditionally by Hong Kong’s anti-corruption agency, company Aruze Gaming says
Saudi sisters on run from consular staff after renouncing Muslim faith were ‘kidnapped at Hong Kong airport’

Pair were bound for Australia after fleeing family during holiday to Sri Lanka, but they were allegedly apprehended by Saudi consular staff at Hong Kong airport, and Cathay Pacific cancelled their connecting flight to Melbourne.

22 Feb 2019 - 6:04PM

Pair were bound for Australia after fleeing family during holiday to Sri Lanka, but they were allegedly apprehended by Saudi consular staff at Hong Kong airport, and Cathay Pacific cancelled their connecting flight to Melbourne.

Saudi sisters on run from consular staff after renouncing Muslim faith were ‘kidnapped at Hong Kong airport’
Hong Kong activist Edward Leung fends off riot allegations over Mong Kok unrest as lawyer accuses authorities of bias

Activist says he tried to ease tension between police and crowd on night of 2016 Mong Kok riot. His lawyer warns jury not to believe accounts of authorities, as they viewed protesters with ‘coloured lenses’.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:02PM

Activist says he tried to ease tension between police and crowd on night of 2016 Mong Kok riot. His lawyer warns jury not to believe accounts of authorities, as they viewed protesters with ‘coloured lenses’.

Hong Kong activist Edward Leung fends off riot allegations over Mong Kok unrest as lawyer accuses authorities of bias
Hong Kong man turns himself in, stands trial for 90s robbery that ended in fatal shoot-out with police and six hurt by grenade

Yip Wing-fat, 58, was arrested over mastermind role in 1993 crime ending in one robber dead and five officers, as well as passer-by, injured. He vanished while out on bail, turning himself in to police only last year.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:01PM

Yip Wing-fat, 58, was arrested over mastermind role in 1993 crime ending in one robber dead and five officers, as well as passer-by, injured. He vanished while out on bail, turning himself in to police only last year.

Hong Kong man turns himself in, stands trial for 90s robbery that ended in fatal shoot-out with police and six hurt by grenade
Coroner calls on Hong Kong housing group to review policy on problem tenants after ruling family were killed unlawfully by violent neighbour

Housing Society urged to change rules regarding problem tenants after Hui Wai-chung was allowed to remain in building despite threats to neighbours who died in fire he set.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:51PM

Housing Society urged to change rules regarding problem tenants after Hui Wai-chung was allowed to remain in building despite threats to neighbours who died in fire he set.

Coroner calls on Hong Kong housing group to review policy on problem tenants after ruling family were killed unlawfully by violent neighbour
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam slams claims that migrants have drained health care resources as legal challenge is filed against ‘one-way’ settlement scheme for mainland Chinese residents

Former civil servant Kwok Cheuk-kin lodges an application for judicial review over cross-border family reunion policy, in place since 1982.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:51PM

Former civil servant Kwok Cheuk-kin lodges an application for judicial review over cross-border family reunion policy, in place since 1982.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam slams claims that migrants have drained health care resources as legal challenge is filed against ‘one-way’ settlement scheme for mainland Chinese residents
Hong Kong professors fined as one of them lets peer drive wife’s car on campus without licence

Chinese University professors were found in car that was cruising erratically on private road, as one of them coached the other using his wife’s vehicle without a licence.

15 Feb 2019 - 10:16PM

Chinese University professors were found in car that was cruising erratically on private road, as one of them coached the other using his wife’s vehicle without a licence.

Hong Kong professors fined as one of them lets peer drive wife’s car on campus without licence
Man killed neighbour’s family by setting fire to their flat before burning own home in suicide, Hong Kong inquest hears

Tragic incident in 2016 claimed lives of couple in 20s and three-year-old daughter, with experts suggesting in inquest that separate blazes were set by fourth victim who lived opposite.

15 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Tragic incident in 2016 claimed lives of couple in 20s and three-year-old daughter, with experts suggesting in inquest that separate blazes were set by fourth victim who lived opposite.

Man killed neighbour’s family by setting fire to their flat before burning own home in suicide, Hong Kong inquest hears
Domestic helper who assaulted 92-year-old man in wheelchair jailed by Hong Kong court

Siti Anisah pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of common assault

15 Feb 2019 - 11:28PM

Siti Anisah pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of common assault

Domestic helper who assaulted 92-year-old man in wheelchair jailed by Hong Kong court
Hong Kong homeowners facing HK$5.1 million bill as government steps up campaign to claim unpaid stamp duty

Court case is second of its type this week where buyers are pursued over tax which has generated HK$133 billion for government coffers since 2010.

15 Feb 2019 - 11:24AM

Court case is second of its type this week where buyers are pursued over tax which has generated HK$133 billion for government coffers since 2010.

Hong Kong homeowners facing HK$5.1 million bill as government steps up campaign to claim unpaid stamp duty
On day four died in blaze at Hong Kong housing estate, there was an angry exchange between two men over fire being lit, neighbours tell inquest

The Coroner’s Court is holding a six-day inquiry into what caused the fire that killed four people in Kennedy Town in July 2016.

15 Feb 2019 - 4:11AM

The Coroner’s Court is holding a six-day inquiry into what caused the fire that killed four people in Kennedy Town in July 2016.

On day four died in blaze at Hong Kong housing estate, there was an angry exchange between two men over fire being lit, neighbours tell inquest
Teenager threatened to plant drugs on doorstep of girl’s parents after his friends assaulted her in Hong Kong back alley

‘I know where you live. I will place drugs at your front door and have your father and mother arrested,’ Banson Cheung told victim after his friends had lured her into Tin Shui Wai back alley and slapped her about 20 times.

14 Feb 2019 - 3:24PM

‘I know where you live. I will place drugs at your front door and have your father and mother arrested,’ Banson Cheung told victim after his friends had lured her into Tin Shui Wai back alley and slapped her about 20 times.

Teenager threatened to plant drugs on doorstep of girl’s parents after his friends assaulted her in Hong Kong back alley
Hong Kong public housing tenant whose Kennedy Town flat went up in flames, killing four, had violent past, inquest hears

Coroner’s Court opens six-day inquiry into causes of inferno at Kwun Lung Lau estate in 2016.

13 Feb 2019 - 10:54PM

Coroner’s Court opens six-day inquiry into causes of inferno at Kwun Lung Lau estate in 2016.

Hong Kong public housing tenant whose Kennedy Town flat went up in flames, killing four, had violent past, inquest hears
Hong Kong man convinced judge a sex attack was a ‘one-off’ – but he had raped his own daughter years earlier, High Court rules

Father found guilty on Tuesday on five counts of indecent assault and one of rape. But prior conviction, revealed after verdict, will not affect sentencing, as the crime in the present case predates it.

13 Feb 2019 - 3:07AM

Father found guilty on Tuesday on five counts of indecent assault and one of rape. But prior conviction, revealed after verdict, will not affect sentencing, as the crime in the present case predates it.

Hong Kong man convinced judge a sex attack was a ‘one-off’ – but he had raped his own daughter years earlier, High Court rules
Hong Kong woman faces HK$6.5 million penalty for not paying stamp duty on HK$4.36 million flat bought in 2013

Wong Hei-yi neither paid the levy on her HK$4.36 million flat nor proved it could be waived, so the secretary for justice has taken court action to reclaim more than HK$7.19 million from her.

13 Feb 2019 - 7:47PM

Wong Hei-yi neither paid the levy on her HK$4.36 million flat nor proved it could be waived, so the secretary for justice has taken court action to reclaim more than HK$7.19 million from her.

Hong Kong woman faces HK$6.5 million penalty for not paying stamp duty on HK$4.36 million flat bought in 2013
Henry Tse, who lodged an unsuccessful judicial review, tells how living life as a transgender person can be difficult in Hong Kong

Born female, Henry Tse began transitioning while living in Britain but has found being accepted as a man much harder since moving back to Hong Kong.

2 Feb 2019 - 11:09PM

Born female, Henry Tse began transitioning while living in Britain but has found being accepted as a man much harder since moving back to Hong Kong.

Henry Tse, who lodged an unsuccessful judicial review, tells how living life as a transgender person can be difficult in Hong Kong
Transgender trio fail in legal bid to be listed as male on Hong Kong ID card

The three asked to be recognised as male, but the commissioner of registration refused, sparking the legal challenge.

2 Feb 2019 - 2:25PM

The three asked to be recognised as male, but the commissioner of registration refused, sparking the legal challenge.

Transgender trio fail in legal bid to be listed as male on Hong Kong ID card
Niece of top Hong Kong judge arrested again, this time for driving while disqualified and not having any insurance

Amina Bokhary stopped while driving in erratic manner down King Kwong Street in Happy Valley and subsequently arrested for driving while disqualified and not having any insurance.

1 Feb 2019 - 10:56PM

Amina Bokhary stopped while driving in erratic manner down King Kwong Street in Happy Valley and subsequently arrested for driving while disqualified and not having any insurance.

Niece of top Hong Kong judge arrested again, this time for driving while disqualified and not having any insurance
Hong Kong infant who died of complications following surgery most likely had an anaesthesia-induced condition, inquest finds

Jury finds 14-month-old Chiang Shing-fan died of misadventure after a rise in potassium caused his heart rate to plummet.

31 Jan 2019 - 10:42PM

Jury finds 14-month-old Chiang Shing-fan died of misadventure after a rise in potassium caused his heart rate to plummet.

Hong Kong infant who died of complications following surgery most likely had an anaesthesia-induced condition, inquest finds
Hong Kong man who tried to lure girl, 8, home with HK$200 jailed for six months

Judge says Shum Tin-wai’s actions no doubt left bad memories that would haunt the Primary Two pupil.

31 Jan 2019 - 10:25PM

Judge says Shum Tin-wai’s actions no doubt left bad memories that would haunt the Primary Two pupil.

Hong Kong man who tried to lure girl, 8, home with HK$200 jailed for six months
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