All parties deny involvement after US arrests ex-Hong Kong top official Patrick Ho on multi-million dollar bribery charges

All parties involved in the alleged bribery scheme engulfing former Hong Kong official Patrick Ho have denied any involvement, after the Ugandan foreign ministry said it was erroneous to link its minister to Ho. Ho, 68, was arrested in New York last weekend. He stands accused of facilitating multi-million dollar bribes destined for top officials in Chad and Uganda. The funds were transferred via Hong Kong and New York on behalf of a Chinese company to allegedly secure oil rights. If convicted, he faces 20 years in jail. Jason Y. Ng, a New York-qualified attorney and member of the Progressive Lawyers Group, gave HKFP his views on the incident.

Transport chief defends transparency of co-location plan

Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan said the government has been doing its best to make the co-location deal between Hong Kong and mainland China as transparent as possible. He dismissed criticism that the co-location arrangement is a “black box” operation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Barrister Chris Ng Chung-luen, a spokesperson for the Progressive Lawyers Group, said Hong Kong courts might refuse to accept any challenge against the plan once it is approved and endorsed by the NPCSC, to the detriment of ”one country, two systems”.

法律界倡電視停播國歌免擾民

內地版本的《國歌法》要求奏唱國歌時,在場人員應當肅立。現時本港多個電視頻道都會定期播放國歌,法政匯思召集人蔡騏指,若聽見國歌便要肅立,「好似『123、紅綠燈』咁,過馬路都要停,唔realistic(現實)」,認為法例應規定播放國歌及需要肅立的場合,「泰國睇戲前會播國歌,遊客都會企起身,如果唔想就遲啲入場」。

Tsang boosts high-powered legal team

The high-powered legal team of former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam- kuen appears to be ready with a strong argument against a second retrial on a graft charge being ordered at the High Court today. "If a verdict cannot be reached after two trials it really says something about the quality of evidence and the nature of the charge," said barrister Randy Shek of the Progressive Lawyers Group. However, he added, it is not a formal rule and there could be an exception given Tsang's status as a former top official and the gravity of the charge.

法律界料一般不重審 身分特殊有變數

法政匯思成員、大律師石書銘則指,控方須考慮公眾利益、重審會否對被告造成不公及控罪嚴重性等,再決定是否申請重審。他指,一般而言案件兩次未能達至有效裁決,控方都不會申請重審,惟這並非法例,沒有約束力,加上本案所牽涉的人物本身地位和行為相對特別,若控方申請重審亦可理解。

【國歌法】馬恩國引述立法五核心 法律組織︰只是自說自話

全國人大常委會即將審議將《國歌法》納入《基本法》附件三,香港政府發言人今午(2日)表示,準備以本地立法方式實施《國歌法》,未立法前不會執法。不過,正隨團訪京的民建聯執業大律師馬恩國引述基本法委員會主任李飛稱,港府要處理刑事部分,並指《國歌法》至少有五點「核心要素不能少」。 有本地法律組織認為,由於須經本地立法,所謂核心要素,都只是自說自話。有律師質疑,民政事務局轄下委員會所製廣告截取國歌並穿插對白,都屬「二次創作」。

人大常委審刑法草案辱國歌可囚3年 律師:難效國旗法照抄引入香港

法政匯思成員黃鶴鳴接受《852郵報》查詢時表示,《國歌法》難和《國旗法》直接比較,因所有在港實行的刑事法律,用字都要十分清晰,以免市民誤墮法網,而《國旗法》規限的屬具體行為,如燒或剪爛,甚至倒插國旗等,但唱國歌則有所不同,例如以不同曲風演唱國歌、奏國歌時的神情肢體動是否算侮辱,都是含糊有待澄清之處,故不能《國旗法》直接類比《國旗法》。

‘Co-parking’ in Tsuen Wan: HK$1,500 for 12 days

With the limited supply and soaring prices of parking spaces in Hong Kong, some owners have adopted the sharing economy model to rent out their parking lots on specific days for a fee. In Tsuen Wan’s industrial area near the Sha Tsui Road and Chai Wan Kok Street, hk01.com has discovered that some parking lot owners have posted advertisements for motorists to “co-park” at their spaces. Duncan Ho Dik-hong, barrister and a member of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said the owner of the space should tell renters of the penalties for parking beyond the time limit and the limitations for co-parking in the lease.

Hong Kong gov’t urged to enact freedom of information law after 20 years of delays

IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok has said that civil groups will look into drafting a freedom of information law after criticising the government for making slow progress over the past two decades. The Archives Action Group, led by former director of the Government Records Service Simon Chu, along with the Progressive Lawyers Group, and lawmakers including Mok will look into drafting a bill.

Asia’s world city? Hong Kong ethnic minorities feel targeted by police stop and search actions

British teacher and performer David Allen had just got on his motorbike on a busy street in Ho Man Tin last month when he was suddenly stopped by three police officers asking for his identification papers. It was not the first time he had been stopped by police. But this time, Allen decided to record the exchange because he wanted to show others the prejudice he has faced from police. “Based on my own personal experience, on occasion I have been singled out because of my skin colour. There seems to be a racial bias in policing,” he told HKFP.

Three Years After Occupy, Hong Kong Democracy Movement Stalled, ‘Divided’

Hundreds of democracy activists protested outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Thursday, marking the third anniversary of the start of the Occupy Central campaign for fully democratic elections that brought hundreds of thousands onto the city's streets at its height. Kevin Yam, convenor of the pro-democracy Progressive Lawyers Group, said the struggle for democracy in the former British colony was unlikely to be achieved quickly, however. "This isn't a flash in the pan; it's going to take a lot of ongoing, hard work from everyone," Yam said. "We will have to swallow our anger and work patiently."

‘A landmark judgment’: Legal experts and banks react to Hong Kong’s key LGBT court ruling

Legal experts have hailed the Court of Appeal’s “landmark” decision on Monday to rule in favour of a lesbian expatriate who was previously refused a spousal visa by the Immigration Department. Geoffrey Yeung, member of Progressive Lawyers Group, told HKFP: “[The] judgment is an important step towards equality for same sex couples in Hong Kong. It is a recognition that same sex relationships in Hong Kong are valid relationships.”

【一地兩檢】研討會將討論七方案 陳帆表明拒出席

一地兩檢關注組(法政匯思為成員之一)聯同大專學界,本周六將於香港大學舉行一地兩檢替代方案研討會,當日會提出7個高鐵邊檢方案,由不同專家講解各方案利弊。

中大再現港獨橫額 校方斥違法

中大文化廣場昨再現「香港獨立」的橫額和單張,校方斥港獨言論「違反香港有關法律」及有違校方立場,表明會清拆。傍晚約20名學生收到消息後聚集廣場守護橫額。學生會斥校方以權欺壓學生,會視乎情況考慮下一步行動。

Free speech row as CUHK warns against pro-independence banners

Banners calling for Hong Kong independence reappeared in the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Tuesday, prompting the university authorities to issue a warning. Kevin Yam Kin-fung, founder of the Progressive Lawyers Group, said the flyers and posters had merely discussed the issues and did not insinuate or encourage others to harm the regime. Hence, no law was broken, he argued.

旅行的日子誰來照顧毛孩?

法政匯思召集人蔡騏提醒各位寵物主人及毛城城 MoCity的讀者,在選擇寵物酒店時記緊首先檢查該酒店是否持有有效酒店牌照,然後留意合約的細則及條款,了解合約內有否包含賠償內容,萬一寵物在入住寵物酒店時不幸發生意外,亦有一定保障。

港聞 兩案爭論點不同 終院態度不利4子

4名民主派人士羅冠聰、梁國雄、劉小麗和姚松炎,早前亦被高等法院裁定宣誓無效,撤銷其議員資格,其中梁國雄已表明會上訴。法政匯思成員、大律師石書銘表示,一些法律原則問題,如宣誓的條件、人大釋法等,是無法再爭論,指在DQ4子案中,可以有爭拗空間的包括宣誓的方式「什麼叫莊重」,以及梁游案的法律原則未必可以套用在DQ4子身上。但石說,要挑戰DQ4子案原審時的事實裁斷有困難。

Judiciary in the dock: jailing of student activists opens door to debate

As he curled his spindly legs around the metal bars, the sight of the bespectacled teenager with his floppy mop of hair valiantly trying to scale the three-metre-high barrier, along with fellow ­student leader Alex Chow Yong-kang, galvanised others into ­action. Another youth leader, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, then on stage at the demonstration, called on the others to join in the storming of the forecourt that they had dubbed “Civic Square”. They wanted to “reclaim” the space that had been the site of previous protests, they declared.

林榮基批判刑無視道德因素

昨日遊行隊伍中不乏非政界的熟悉面孔,包括國民教育關注組出身的法政匯思成員黃瑞紅。

【聲援良心犯】戴耀廷反擊石永泰!黃瑞紅:爭公義不能用一般犯罪標準

大律師黃瑞紅今日亦有出席遊行。她說是次判刑,大眾關注的是東北案13人、雙學三子既已完成社會服務令但卻被刑期覆核。對大律師公會前主席石永泰今日說三人是「求仁得仁」,她說,法官不應該用一般犯罪的標準,來審判因爭取公義、人權而被檢控的人士。 至於本港法治是否已死?黃瑞紅說,在法例中仍有空間去捍衛市民的基本人權,未來會繼續進行這方面的工作。