Chris Lau

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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Man charged with possession of unlicensed gun, ammunition after raid on Sha Tin flat

Magistrate denies bail application, grants adjournment of four months for further investigation by prosecutors.

18 Jan 2020 - 11:26PM

Magistrate denies bail application, grants adjournment of four months for further investigation by prosecutors.

Man charged with possession of unlicensed gun, ammunition after raid on Sha Tin flat
‘Coin Young Master’ fan gets 12 months’ probation for mimicking hero’s cash giveaway stunt

The 20-year-old fan of ‘Coin Young Master’ earned 12 month’s probation for blocking traffic while handing out HK$6,300 in cash.

17 Jan 2020 - 8:25PM

The 20-year-old fan of ‘Coin Young Master’ earned 12 month’s probation for blocking traffic while handing out HK$6,300 in cash.

‘Coin Young Master’ fan gets 12 months’ probation for mimicking hero’s cash giveaway stunt
Hong Kong lawmaker files legal bid at High Court to force police to reveal components of tear gas they use on anti-government protesters

Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui argues while maintaining law and order is important, public health should be a higher priority.

17 Jan 2020 - 5:02PM

Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui argues while maintaining law and order is important, public health should be a higher priority.

Hong Kong lawmaker files legal bid at High Court to force police to reveal components of tear gas they use on anti-government protesters
Hong Kong protests: man who attacked Post photographer pleads guilty to assault

Fu Yeung-kam was among a group who confronted protesters in North Point, angered at their roadblocks.

17 Jan 2020 - 12:39AM

Fu Yeung-kam was among a group who confronted protesters in North Point, angered at their roadblocks.

Hong Kong protests: man who attacked Post photographer pleads guilty to assault
Hong Kong mall Festival Walk reopens, but post-protest scars remain

Shoppers return to the major shopping centre after two months of closure caused by clashes during which a giant Christmas tree was set alight. Many glass panels are still missing, with several escalators not yet repaired.

16 Jan 2020 - 10:52PM

Shoppers return to the major shopping centre after two months of closure caused by clashes during which a giant Christmas tree was set alight. Many glass panels are still missing, with several escalators not yet repaired.

Hong Kong mall Festival Walk reopens, but post-protest scars remain
Hong Kong protests: if people behaved, police wouldn’t have to use force, government says, as it hits back at critical Human Rights Watch report

Administration hits back at Human Rights Watch after it accuses officers of beating protesters, and says police act ‘in strict accordance with the law’.

15 Jan 2020 - 11:43PM

Administration hits back at Human Rights Watch after it accuses officers of beating protesters, and says police act ‘in strict accordance with the law’.

Hong Kong protests: if people behaved, police wouldn’t have to use force, government says, as it hits back at critical Human Rights Watch report
Flight cabin cleaner remanded in custody for taking baton and protest gear to Hong Kong airport

Wong Siu-hong, 20, took an extendable baton, first-aid items, a respirator, a pair of safety goggles and a trekking pole to work on September 21.

15 Jan 2020 - 8:57PM

Wong Siu-hong, 20, took an extendable baton, first-aid items, a respirator, a pair of safety goggles and a trekking pole to work on September 21.

Flight cabin cleaner remanded in custody for taking baton and protest gear to Hong Kong airport
Hong Kong government will fully cooperate with judiciary to speed up trials in protest cases, city leader Carrie Lam says

Hong Kong’s leader says the city is facing ‘unprecedented challenges’ in dealing with the large number of arrests and possible prosecutions. Legal scholars say any plan to work through case backlog will depend on judicial manpower.

15 Jan 2020 - 6:12AM

Hong Kong’s leader says the city is facing ‘unprecedented challenges’ in dealing with the large number of arrests and possible prosecutions. Legal scholars say any plan to work through case backlog will depend on judicial manpower.

Hong Kong government will fully cooperate with judiciary to speed up trials in protest cases, city leader Carrie Lam says
Hong Kong’s chief justice sets up task force to speed up protest cases but hits back at critics who accuse courts of being slow

Task force will study how courts can cope with increased volume of cases brought about by ongoing unrest, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma reveals.

14 Jan 2020 - 9:24AM

Task force will study how courts can cope with increased volume of cases brought about by ongoing unrest, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma reveals.

Hong Kong’s chief justice sets up task force to speed up protest cases but hits back at critics who accuse courts of being slow
Hong Kong anti-mask law: ban on face coverings would deal blow to freedom of expression, lawyer argues

With a mask ban in place, peaceful demonstrators would be left in fear of retaliation from employers, barrister Johannes Chan argues.

11 Jan 2020 - 4:36AM

With a mask ban in place, peaceful demonstrators would be left in fear of retaliation from employers, barrister Johannes Chan argues.

Hong Kong anti-mask law: ban on face coverings would deal blow to freedom of expression, lawyer argues
Pakistani victim of forced labour in Hong Kong loses Court of Final Appeal bid to create new human trafficking offence

Court of Final Appeal sides with government when victim tries to compel administration to legislate specifically for labour trafficking.

10 Jan 2020 - 10:56PM

Court of Final Appeal sides with government when victim tries to compel administration to legislate specifically for labour trafficking.

Pakistani victim of forced labour in Hong Kong loses Court of Final Appeal bid to create new human trafficking offence
Hong Kong anti-mask law: government starts appeal against court’s decision to declare the ban unconstitutional

Opening two-day hearing, a lawyer for the Hong Kong administration says lower court failed to consider threats to public safety when it declared the move unconstitutional.

9 Jan 2020 - 7:04PM

Opening two-day hearing, a lawyer for the Hong Kong administration says lower court failed to consider threats to public safety when it declared the move unconstitutional.

Hong Kong anti-mask law: government starts appeal against court’s decision to declare the ban unconstitutional
Support for laws against LGBT discrimination in Hong Kong rising, Chinese University survey finds

Professor calls on government to ‘wake up’ to reality and bring in safeguards. But leader of Christian group questions the polls.

8 Jan 2020 - 9:19AM

Professor calls on government to ‘wake up’ to reality and bring in safeguards. But leader of Christian group questions the polls.

Support for laws against LGBT discrimination in Hong Kong rising, Chinese University survey finds
Hong Kong economic agency rebuked for massaging figures to meet targets vows to improve transparency

Hong Kong Productivity Council criticised for double-counting projects to meet performance targets. Leaders grilled by lawmakers over critical report from watchdog.

8 Jan 2020 - 4:43PM

Hong Kong Productivity Council criticised for double-counting projects to meet performance targets. Leaders grilled by lawmakers over critical report from watchdog.

Hong Kong economic agency rebuked for massaging figures to meet targets vows to improve transparency
Hong Kong protests: small crowds gather across city to voice discontent day after police arrest 50 in parallel traders demonstration

About 200 people take to streets in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Kwai Chung, and Kwun Tong.

6 Jan 2020 - 2:33PM

About 200 people take to streets in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Kwai Chung, and Kwun Tong.

Hong Kong protests: small crowds gather across city to voice discontent day after police arrest 50 in parallel traders demonstration
Two top legal bodies in Hong Kong express outrage over High Court vandalism targeting judge, refute claims of political bias in court rulings

Bar Association and Law Society hit out at culprits in strongly worded joint statement, deploring act and calling it an ‘affront to the rule of law’.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:48PM

Bar Association and Law Society hit out at culprits in strongly worded joint statement, deploring act and calling it an ‘affront to the rule of law’.

Two top legal bodies in Hong Kong express outrage over High Court vandalism targeting judge, refute claims of political bias in court rulings
Hong Kong protests: small group stages defiant rally day after radicals trash banks and shops

Around 200 people gather in Statue Square in Central.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:20PM

Around 200 people gather in Statue Square in Central.

Hong Kong protests: small group stages defiant rally day after radicals trash banks and shops
Hong Kong teen accused of snatching police officer’s gun denied bail

Chan Chun-hin faces one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of resisting another officer, and one count of robbery for snatching a handgun.

31 Dec 2019 - 12:31AM

Chan Chun-hin faces one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of resisting another officer, and one count of robbery for snatching a handgun.

Hong Kong teen accused of snatching police officer’s gun denied bail
Hong Kong inmates need better living conditions and complaints system before ‘smart prisons’, human rights group says

Society for Community Organisation make the call for prison reforms as it releases its annual report on the findings of more than 100 complaints or requests for help it received.

30 Dec 2019 - 10:53PM

Society for Community Organisation make the call for prison reforms as it releases its annual report on the findings of more than 100 complaints or requests for help it received.

Hong Kong inmates need better living conditions and complaints system before ‘smart prisons’, human rights group says
Hong Kong district council elections: will victories for three openly gay candidates pave the way for improved LGBT rights in the city?

Jimmy Sham, Kenneth Cheung and Alice Wei became Hong Kong’s first openly gay and lesbian district councillors three weeks ago.

29 Dec 2019 - 9:15AM

Jimmy Sham, Kenneth Cheung and Alice Wei became Hong Kong’s first openly gay and lesbian district councillors three weeks ago.

Hong Kong district council elections: will victories for three openly gay candidates pave the way for improved LGBT rights in the city?
Metal fences added to Hong Kong footbridges to stop protesters throwing objects onto roads – but some pedestrians are not happy

Highways Department has installed fences on footbridges crossing Gloucester Road and at one at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hung Hom.

28 Dec 2019 - 1:13AM

Highways Department has installed fences on footbridges crossing Gloucester Road and at one at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel in Hung Hom.

Metal fences added to Hong Kong footbridges to stop protesters throwing objects onto roads – but some pedestrians are not happy
Hong Kong protests: police officers receive HK$235 million in meal and other allowances

Figures were made public two weeks after Security Bureau revealed government had paid overtime wages of up to HK$950 million since June.

28 Dec 2019 - 1:31AM

Figures were made public two weeks after Security Bureau revealed government had paid overtime wages of up to HK$950 million since June.

Hong Kong protests: police officers receive HK$235 million in meal and other allowances
Hong Kong protests: student arrested for possessing explosive chemicals and smoke bombs on Christmas Eve denied bail

Eighteen-year-old had highly flammable nitrocellulose, smoke bombs, more than 30 types of chemicals, and some protest gear.

26 Dec 2019 - 11:27PM

Eighteen-year-old had highly flammable nitrocellulose, smoke bombs, more than 30 types of chemicals, and some protest gear.

Hong Kong protests: student arrested for possessing explosive chemicals and smoke bombs on Christmas Eve denied bail
Hong Kong protests: police will not close roads for Christmas Eve celebrations in Kowloon as demonstrators plan to go ahead with illegal rally

Traffic will be blocked only on Kowloon Park Drive in Tsim Sha Tsui for festivities, instead of the entire district from Salisbury Road to Nathan Road.

24 Dec 2019 - 2:08AM

Traffic will be blocked only on Kowloon Park Drive in Tsim Sha Tsui for festivities, instead of the entire district from Salisbury Road to Nathan Road.

Hong Kong protests: police will not close roads for Christmas Eve celebrations in Kowloon as demonstrators plan to go ahead with illegal rally
The HK$18 million boats helping Hong Kong take on the smugglers

The fast and nimble boats have already helped net HK$78 million worth of illicit goods since hitting the water in May. Now the Customs and Excise Department has added two more.

23 Dec 2019 - 10:44PM

The fast and nimble boats have already helped net HK$78 million worth of illicit goods since hitting the water in May. Now the Customs and Excise Department has added two more.

The HK$18 million boats helping Hong Kong take on the smugglers
Hong Kong’s protest-battered University station to reopen, MTR Corporation announces

The East Rail line station has been closed since taking a beating during unrest at a nearby campus.

20 Dec 2019 - 9:35PM

The East Rail line station has been closed since taking a beating during unrest at a nearby campus.

Hong Kong’s protest-battered University station to reopen, MTR Corporation announces
Hong Kong’s top prosecutor denies protest charges are politically motivated, and insists police do not tell him what to do

Director of Public Prosecutions David Leung says he is saddened by suggestion department is influenced by law enforcement, but activist Joshua Wong calls comments ‘misleading and irresponsible’.

20 Dec 2019 - 7:08AM

Director of Public Prosecutions David Leung says he is saddened by suggestion department is influenced by law enforcement, but activist Joshua Wong calls comments ‘misleading and irresponsible’.

Hong Kong’s top prosecutor denies protest charges are politically motivated, and insists police do not tell him what to do
Driver in Hong Kong bus crash that killed six suspected of ‘not paying attention’, sources say

Man, 56, still in custody after arrest for causing death by dangerous driving. Transport official says department ‘did not receive a report specifying any special road conditions’ before Wednesday’s crash, in which six died and 39 were injured.

19 Dec 2019 - 11:36PM

Man, 56, still in custody after arrest for causing death by dangerous driving. Transport official says department ‘did not receive a report specifying any special road conditions’ before Wednesday’s crash, in which six died and 39 were injured.

Driver in Hong Kong bus crash that killed six suspected of ‘not paying attention’, sources say
Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui released from prison after serving five years for bribery, misconduct

Rafael Hui found guilty of accepting nearly HK$20 million following high-profile corruption trial in 2014.

18 Dec 2019 - 11:20PM

Rafael Hui found guilty of accepting nearly HK$20 million following high-profile corruption trial in 2014.

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui released from prison after serving five years for bribery, misconduct
Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui to walk free on Wednesday after five years behind bars over charges of bribery and misconduct

Hui was sentenced to 7½ years in prison after being found guilty of five charges of bribery and misconduct in 2014, but is being freed two years ahead of his term for his good behaviour.

17 Dec 2019 - 6:57PM

Hui was sentenced to 7½ years in prison after being found guilty of five charges of bribery and misconduct in 2014, but is being freed two years ahead of his term for his good behaviour.

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui to walk free on Wednesday after five years behind bars over charges of bribery and misconduct