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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Gay man given harsher jail sentence because of sexuality demands Carrie Lam intervention, as activists decry Hong Kong government for ‘dragging its feet’ over LGBT rights

Prisoner seeks justice as LGBT activists slam government for ‘dragging its feet’ over homosexual rights in legal system.

22 Jul 2019 - 1:23PM

Prisoner seeks justice as LGBT activists slam government for ‘dragging its feet’ over homosexual rights in legal system.

Gay man given harsher jail sentence because of sexuality demands Carrie Lam intervention, as activists decry Hong Kong government for ‘dragging its feet’ over LGBT rights
Hong Kong protester appears in court accused of biting off police officer’s finger during extradition bill clashes in Sha Tin

The 22-year-old and one other defendant, also on officer assault charges, appear in court following Sunday’s violent clashes.

16 Jul 2019 - 11:06PM

The 22-year-old and one other defendant, also on officer assault charges, appear in court following Sunday’s violent clashes.

Hong Kong protester appears in court accused of biting off police officer’s finger during extradition bill clashes in Sha Tin
Four Hong Kong men admit sex offences against girl, 12, at public toilet in Sun Chui shopping centre, Sha Tin

Schoolgirl told she would be kidnapped and starved if she revealed ordeal, as High Court judge describes case as ‘borderline rape’.

16 Jul 2019 - 3:25PM

Schoolgirl told she would be kidnapped and starved if she revealed ordeal, as High Court judge describes case as ‘borderline rape’.

Four Hong Kong men admit sex offences against girl, 12, at public toilet in Sun Chui shopping centre, Sha Tin
Hong Kong man who torched MTR train in 2017 was unstable and tried to kill family, Coroner’s Court inquest hears

‘I thought he wanted us to die with him,’ says wife of Cheung Kam-fai, who injured 18 people when he set fire to train – and himself

15 Jul 2019 - 9:35PM

‘I thought he wanted us to die with him,’ says wife of Cheung Kam-fai, who injured 18 people when he set fire to train – and himself

Hong Kong man who torched MTR train in 2017 was unstable and tried to kill family, Coroner’s Court inquest hears
Exhausted, stressed and insulted: Hong Kong police officers soldier on through physical and emotional pain brought by extradition protests

Officers speak of immense physical and emotional stress brought on by wave of protests. ‘Sometimes we think we can handle it,’ an inspector says.

15 Jul 2019 - 4:05PM

Officers speak of immense physical and emotional stress brought on by wave of protests. ‘Sometimes we think we can handle it,’ an inspector says.

Exhausted, stressed and insulted: Hong Kong police officers soldier on through physical and emotional pain brought by extradition protests
Hong Kong university graduate fined for stripping naked during Pride Parade in 2018 ‘to advocate LGBT rights and show body autonomy’
Hong Kong government to appeal against court ruling that strips indigenous New Territories villagers of traditional right to build home

Development Bureau to appeal against ruling of Court of First Instance that felt ‘ding’ rights should not be extended to, or exchanged with, government land.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:58PM

Development Bureau to appeal against ruling of Court of First Instance that felt ‘ding’ rights should not be extended to, or exchanged with, government land.

Hong Kong government to appeal against court ruling that strips indigenous New Territories villagers of traditional right to build home
Man raped and beat married lover after calling her to go shopping, Hong Kong’s High Court told

Chan Kwok-ching, 32, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one of unlawful detention.

9 Jul 2019 - 2:42PM

Chan Kwok-ching, 32, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one of unlawful detention.

Man raped and beat married lover after calling her to go shopping, Hong Kong’s High Court told
Woman who waited six years for government flat in Hong Kong hid husband’s death from Housing Authority

Shirley Li, 62, kicked out of flat on Wan Hon Estate in Kwun Tong and given suspended sentence after pleading guilty to fraud.

4 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM

Shirley Li, 62, kicked out of flat on Wan Hon Estate in Kwun Tong and given suspended sentence after pleading guilty to fraud.

Woman who waited six years for government flat in Hong Kong hid husband’s death from Housing Authority
Hong Kong secondary school pupil wins appeal against conviction for possession of imitation firearm near legislature

Lau Hong, 17, earlier received an 18-month probation order after being found with an air pistol near Legco in December 2017 during a protest.

4 Jul 2019 - 11:28PM

Lau Hong, 17, earlier received an 18-month probation order after being found with an air pistol near Legco in December 2017 during a protest.

Hong Kong secondary school pupil wins appeal against conviction for possession of imitation firearm near legislature
Former Highways Department official in Hong Kong jailed for accepting HK$50,000 bribe from subcontractor for road project in Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel

Former Highways Department official sentenced to 10 months in prison after appeal against conviction is rejected by Court of First Instance.

3 Jul 2019 - 9:45PM

Former Highways Department official sentenced to 10 months in prison after appeal against conviction is rejected by Court of First Instance.

Former Highways Department official in Hong Kong jailed for accepting HK$50,000 bribe from subcontractor for road project in Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel
Woman sold friend’s iPhone then claimed she had been robbed, Hong Kong court hears

Cheung Ning-yan sold the iPhone XR at shop in Mong Kok then when friend demanded it back told her she was victim of robbery

2 Jul 2019 - 9:25PM

Cheung Ning-yan sold the iPhone XR at shop in Mong Kok then when friend demanded it back told her she was victim of robbery

Woman sold friend’s iPhone then claimed she had been robbed, Hong Kong court hears
Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan appeals against Occupy Central convictions

Chan is last of the nine convicted for their roles in the 2014 protests to appeal, after she was found guilty of incitement in April.

2 Jul 2019 - 9:25PM

Chan is last of the nine convicted for their roles in the 2014 protests to appeal, after she was found guilty of incitement in April.

Hong Kong lawmaker Tanya Chan appeals against Occupy Central convictions
Protesters storm and vandalise Legislative Council as anarchy and violence engulf Hong Kong government centre

Ugly scenes erupt as mob uses makeshift weapons to smash into building and ransacks the centre of city’s administrative power.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:50AM

Ugly scenes erupt as mob uses makeshift weapons to smash into building and ransacks the centre of city’s administrative power.

Protesters storm and vandalise Legislative Council as anarchy and violence engulf Hong Kong government centre
Violent clashes between protesters and police mar Hong Kong’s most muted handover anniversary celebrations on record

The officers were taken to hospital after being attacked with a liquid believed to be drain cleaner, while Carrie Lam promised to change her governing style.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:58PM

The officers were taken to hospital after being attacked with a liquid believed to be drain cleaner, while Carrie Lam promised to change her governing style.

Violent clashes between protesters and police mar Hong Kong’s most muted handover anniversary celebrations on record
Hong Kong government forced to hold flag-raising ceremony inside for first time as rain threatens, and protesters and police clash in the streets

Wet weather forces flag-raising ceremony marking return of city to China in 1997 to be moved for first time, as 13 police officers are injured and protesters pepper sprayed.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:19PM

Wet weather forces flag-raising ceremony marking return of city to China in 1997 to be moved for first time, as 13 police officers are injured and protesters pepper sprayed.

Hong Kong government forced to hold flag-raising ceremony inside for first time as rain threatens, and protesters and police clash in the streets
What now for Hong Kong former chief executive Donald Tsang after his misconduct conviction is quashed by Court of Appeal?

Former chief executive left counting the cost of five-year legal battle after the city’s most senior judges quash his conviction because of jury misdirection.

27 Jun 2019 - 7:30AM

Former chief executive left counting the cost of five-year legal battle after the city’s most senior judges quash his conviction because of jury misdirection.

What now for Hong Kong former chief executive Donald Tsang after his misconduct conviction is quashed by Court of Appeal?
Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang has charges of criminal misconduct quashed by Court of Final Appeal

The former Hong Kong chief executive had been sentenced to 18 months in jail, later reduced to one year, for failing to disclose a conflict of interest involving a mainland Chinese businessman. He was released in January.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:31PM

The former Hong Kong chief executive had been sentenced to 18 months in jail, later reduced to one year, for failing to disclose a conflict of interest involving a mainland Chinese businessman. He was released in January.

Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang has charges of criminal misconduct quashed by Court of Final Appeal
LGBT couples in Hong Kong are treated differently by the law in nearly 100 ways, report finds

Spokesman says city’s ‘family status anti-discrimination laws only protect those who are recognised as married’.

26 Jun 2019 - 2:36PM

Spokesman says city’s ‘family status anti-discrimination laws only protect those who are recognised as married’.

LGBT couples in Hong Kong are treated differently by the law in nearly 100 ways, report finds
Hong Kong police urge Court of Appeal to relax warrant requirement for mobile phone searches in hearing that has implications for extradition bill protesters and criminal suspects

Requirement for warrants is ‘unworkable’, lawyer tells Hong Kong court, because tech-savvy suspects and their accomplices can delete evidence remotely before courts sign off searches.

26 Jun 2019 - 2:30PM

Requirement for warrants is ‘unworkable’, lawyer tells Hong Kong court, because tech-savvy suspects and their accomplices can delete evidence remotely before courts sign off searches.

Hong Kong police urge Court of Appeal to relax warrant requirement for mobile phone searches in hearing that has implications for extradition bill protesters and criminal suspects
Domestic helper jailed for four months in Hong Kong for lacing water drunk by employer’s son with urine

Indonesian helper Komsatun pleads guilty to one count of administering poison or other destructive or noxious thing with intent to injure.

25 Jun 2019 - 10:45AM

Indonesian helper Komsatun pleads guilty to one count of administering poison or other destructive or noxious thing with intent to injure.

Domestic helper jailed for four months in Hong Kong for lacing water drunk by employer’s son with urine
Hong Kong paedophile jailed for seven years at High Court for horrific sexual attacks on boy from age of 10

Ho Wing-hong, 31, used cash and computer rewards to force himself on his victim from age of 10, and filmed much of the abuse.

24 Jun 2019 - 9:56PM

Ho Wing-hong, 31, used cash and computer rewards to force himself on his victim from age of 10, and filmed much of the abuse.

Hong Kong paedophile jailed for seven years at High Court for horrific sexual attacks on boy from age of 10
Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang to find out whether his misconduct conviction will be quashed in Court of Final Appeal judgment

The city’s former chief executive, who has served a prison sentence for misconduct involving shady dealings with a businessman, hopes the conviction will be overturned by the Court of Final Appeal on Wednesday.

25 Jun 2019 - 11:16AM

The city’s former chief executive, who has served a prison sentence for misconduct involving shady dealings with a businessman, hopes the conviction will be overturned by the Court of Final Appeal on Wednesday.

Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang to find out whether his misconduct conviction will be quashed in Court of Final Appeal judgment
Police siege aftermath: Hong Kong tense but calm as government officials dig in and anti-extradition bill protesters plan their next moves

Police vow to pursue demonstrators siege of headquarters, and protesters look for ways to keep public opinion on their side.

23 Jun 2019 - 12:04AM

Police vow to pursue demonstrators siege of headquarters, and protesters look for ways to keep public opinion on their side.

Police siege aftermath: Hong Kong tense but calm as government officials dig in and anti-extradition bill protesters plan their next moves
Hong Kong Airlines and shareholder sued by HNA Group over HK$1 billion in alleged debt

Chinese conglomerate adds another legal battle for troubled carrier, which is already in the midst of a bitter fight for control.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:29PM

Chinese conglomerate adds another legal battle for troubled carrier, which is already in the midst of a bitter fight for control.

Hong Kong Airlines and shareholder sued by HNA Group over HK$1 billion in alleged debt
Justice minister Teresa Cheng rejects Hong Kong protesters’ demands not to charge those arrested over June 12 clashes

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, appearing at appointment ceremony for four new Senior Counsel, says government prosecutions are based on law and relevant facts.

22 Jun 2019 - 3:37PM

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, appearing at appointment ceremony for four new Senior Counsel, says government prosecutions are based on law and relevant facts.

Justice minister Teresa Cheng rejects Hong Kong protesters’ demands not to charge those arrested over June 12 clashes
Two Hong Kong men stole US$143,300 from victim in violent robbery related to Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake scam, court is told

Ng Ka-tsun, 28, faces one count of attempted fraud, two of fraud and a count of robbery, along with Fong, Man-tik, 23. Victims were promised festive delicacies from Maxim’s bakery at staff discount.

21 Jun 2019 - 5:32PM

Ng Ka-tsun, 28, faces one count of attempted fraud, two of fraud and a count of robbery, along with Fong, Man-tik, 23. Victims were promised festive delicacies from Maxim’s bakery at staff discount.

Two Hong Kong men stole US$143,300 from victim in violent robbery related to Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake scam, court is told
Hong Kong secondary school teacher jailed for six weeks for taking upskirt photos of students

Teacher admits to taking pictures at a playground and during class. He was caught after posting photos on an internet forum.

19 Jun 2019 - 9:50PM

Teacher admits to taking pictures at a playground and during class. He was caught after posting photos on an internet forum.

Hong Kong secondary school teacher jailed for six weeks for taking upskirt photos of students
Hong Kong police facing High Court challenge over officer’s ‘Jesus’ comment during extradition bill protest

The ‘blasphemous’ comment, which is the focus of first High Court challenge relating to police conduct at last week’s demonstrations, allegedly directed at group of church figures.

19 Jun 2019 - 4:33PM

The ‘blasphemous’ comment, which is the focus of first High Court challenge relating to police conduct at last week’s demonstrations, allegedly directed at group of church figures.

Hong Kong police facing High Court challenge over officer’s ‘Jesus’ comment during extradition bill protest
Hong Kong father jailed for two years at High Court over suicide attempt that put wife and children at risk as they slept in Kwun Tong home

Judge accepts the dad-of-two did not intend to harm his family, but said defendant only had himself to blame for ending up in prison.

19 Jun 2019 - 10:47AM

Judge accepts the dad-of-two did not intend to harm his family, but said defendant only had himself to blame for ending up in prison.

Hong Kong father jailed for two years at High Court over suicide attempt that put wife and children at risk as they slept in Kwun Tong home