Author: Brian Wong

Ex-district councillor Lee Yue-shun, cleared in a recent trial, made his first court appearance since being acquitted as a show of support for the other accused. Former lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun and activist Chan Po-ying also attended the session. Lawyer Erik Shum Sze-man emphasized that the former lawmaker Helena Wong was pressured during a debate and made promises not in line with her character. Mitigation letters from various figures, including ex-transport minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, described Wong as a victim of confrontational politics. Other convicted individuals sought leniency and apologized for their actions. The court heard mitigation pleas from ex-district councillors…

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A Hong Kong court dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against a woman who allegedly mistreated her Filipino helper, Guting, who died in 2018 after battling cervical cancer. The judge highlighted the absence of Guting’s court testimony and the unreliable hearsay evidence from her friends. The defendant claimed Guting was fired for uploading indecent pictures on social media, which the judge found to be a valid reason for dismissal. The court also rejected claims of disability discrimination and unlawful termination, stating that enmity alone does not constitute harassment. A Hong Kong court has said it was likely the helper was fired due…

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The recent court proceedings shed light on the challenges faced by political figures in Hong Kong. Kwok, representing her client Wu, emphasized the limitations he faced within his party, making it unrealistic for him to paralyze the government’s annual budgets with indiscriminate votes. Despite this, Wu was urged to consider his moderate stance and the slim chances of success. Justice Chan and Justice Lee expressed concerns over Wu’s guilty plea, indicating his intent to subvert the state. Mitigation letters from prominent figures like Cheung and Law praised Wu’s dedication to public service and community interests. Another defendant, Sze, sought a…

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Justice Lai is among the three judges selected to oversee the upcoming trial of members from the now-disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. The trio expressed confidence in providing a fair trial for the defendants. The case involves charges of incitement of subversion against Chow, a former vice-chairwoman of the alliance, under the national security law imposed by Beijing. Despite concerns of bias due to a previously unseen police report, the judges dismissed any notions of prejudice. They emphasized the importance of having three judges to mitigate the risk of injustice. The subversion trial…

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The Shocking Case of Attempted Murder at Shan King Estate In a recent court hearing, a man known only as “WPT” faced four counts of attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill his wife and three daughters at Shan King Estate in Tuen Mun. Despite his tinnitus, he did not require a hearing aid in court. The arrest took place on June 26, with a restaurant owner as a listed witness in the case. Murder carries a mandatory life sentence, but attempted murder charges may result in lesser punishment, highlighting the severity of the crime. The chilling details of the…

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A Hong Kong court has rejected legal scholar Benny Tai Yiu-ting’s contention that it should not take into account his actions before the 2020 implementation of the national security law when deciding his sentencing for subversion. The three judges overseeing the critical mitigation proceedings in the city’s largest national security trial on Wednesday highlighted the relevance of past conduct in the sentencing of Tai, who is among 45 opposition figures convicted of conspiracy to subvert state power. The court ruled in its verdict last month that the move could have paralyzed the government and created a constitutional crisis. Beijing has…

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The legal team referenced pivotal UK Supreme Court decisions to argue for a lawful excuse defense in cases where an accused’s rights were violated. However, the judges seemed unconvinced. Chief Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung questioned the necessity of re-evaluating protest bans already deemed constitutional. He also voiced concerns about adopting British legal approaches. Fellow Justice Johnson Lam Man-hon disagreed with allowing defendants to challenge laws after civil court rulings. Lord Neuberger and other judges discussed the implications of recent rulings on protest bans in relation to proportionate convictions. The Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong will announce its decision…

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The recent application of the domestic national security law in Hong Kong has led to the charging of a second individual in a week. Au Kin-wai, 58, appeared in court for publishing seditious videos on social media, inciting hatred towards central and local authorities. The court heard that Au’s videos called for the resignation of Chinese Communist Party officials and the Hong Kong leader, promoting a revolution against the central government. Prosecutor Vincent Lee Ting-wai requested additional time for further police investigations, including the analysis of electronic devices seized from Au’s residence. The next hearing is scheduled for August 7,…

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In 2020, William Wong made headlines for sending a mass email just before the commemoration of the 1989 crackdown and the enactment of the national security law in Beijing. Following this, Wong was suspended in March 2021 for breaching civil service protocols. An internal inquiry found him guilty of misconduct related to emails sent in 2019 and 2020, leading to his dismissal ordered by Civil Service Minister Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan in March of the same year. Former senior court prosecutor William Wong appears at the High Court for a separate civil case in 2022. Photo: Brian Wong Wong, a…

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Have you ever wondered what happens when a former operations director chooses to conceal irregularities in a company’s quality management system? In a recent case, a former operations director of Jacobs China Limited (JCL) was convicted for deliberately omitting crucial information from the Civil Engineering and Development Department. Despite being aware of misconduct within the senior management, the defendant chose not to report it, leading to significant consequences for both the company and the government. The court heard how lab technicians tampered with concrete test results, resulting in substantial financial losses and the need for extensive review and retesting. The…

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