Regrettable. That was Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's response to critics of the six-year jail term imposed on localist leader Edward Leung Tin-kei for rioting. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Progressive Lawyers Group, Chris Ng Chung-luen, questioned the High Court's refusal to take personal background as a mitigating factor. Speaking on a radio program, he said the court has the responsibility to rehabilitate people, meaning it should consider basic mitigating factors.
Thirty-eight civil society groups (including the Progressive Lawyers Group) and political parties have urged the Hong Kong government to withdraw a national anthem bill, arguing that it violates citizens’ rights to fundamental freedoms.
A legal expert has raised concerns about incidents of members of the jury being photographed, warning these are blatant attempts to pervert the course of justice. The trial of the Mong Kok riot accused on Friday was shut to the public after the judiciary received an email containing photographs of four jurors. The same trial experienced such an event in February when a man claiming to be a mainland tourist took pictures of the jurors.
Hundreds of Hong Kong children, some as young as nine, are exposing their identities, innermost thoughts and even flesh to millions of strangers on the world’s most popular iPhone app, an investigation by the Post has found.
Law is being used to silence the democracy movement in Hong Kong. One in three pro-democracy legislators has been prosecuted by the government since the Umbrella Movement of 2014. More than 100 democracy activists and protestors have been prosecuted. The secretary of justice has constantly sought to maximize sentencing, slapping years of jail time on young students and digging up obscure, outdated charges – designed for 19th century Britain, not 21st century Hong Kong – to increase the time that pro-democracy figures spend in jail.
Lawyer Chris Ng still recalls the chaos of the unrest in Mong Kok in 2016, when clashes over the authorities’ attempts to clear street hawkers escalated into brick hurling and the police firing warning shots into the air.
Animal groups have renewed calls to update laws and establish an animal police unit after the death of a dog, which had been rescued just days before it died. So far 50,000 people have signed an online petition pressing for better animal protection, lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu said.
Animal-lovers in Hong Kong have demanded the government crack down on animal cruelty with new laws and a dedicated police squad to deal with abusers, after at least 13 dogs were poisoned in just over a week, 12 of them fatally. More than 50,000 people signed a legislator’s petition for action after the spate of deaths, and the case of a dog killed by being thrown from the roof of a high-rise building.
The Progressive Lawyers Group’s Craig Choy told HKFP that he was very happy about the outcome of the election as he had supported Dykes’ list, and five of the six members won seats. Asked about his expectations towards Dykes, Choy said that he hoped he could continue to be vocal on behalf of the Bar Association: “I’ll be content if he can respond to society’s expectations and the wishes of the public. The upcoming year is especially critical because of the three major issues — the national anthem law, Article 23 [of the Basic Law] and other matters relating to the co-location arrangement.”