【何志平涉貪】同時被捕卻未被起訴 前塞內加爾外長獲撤控或轉任污點證人

前民政事務局局長何志平涉貪在美國被檢控,至今仍在還柙。同案另一被告、前塞內加爾外長加迪奧(Cheikh Gadio)日前卻獲司法部撤銷控罪。有美國律師認為加迪奧或提供重要證據轉做污點證人,將會對何志平非常不利。

何志平案「中間人」獲撤指控 塞內加爾前外長甩身 代表:續與美方合作

民政事務局前局長何志平涉賄非洲國家政要而在美國被捕一案,同案的塞內加爾前外長、被指為何志平做中間人的加迪奧(Cheikh Gadio),於美國時間上周五(14日)獲控方撤回指控。有美國執業律師估計,控方撤銷指控可能因為證據不足或蒐證程序出錯,亦不排除加迪奧以提供更有力證據頂證何志平作為交換,現階段難判斷事件對何志平的案件有何影響。

Interview with Hong Kong International Business Channel

Progressive Lawyers Group Convenor Craig Choy joined Talk The Walk hosted by Harminder Singh of the Hong Kong International Business Channel this week to discuss a series of legal and political issues. 

Interview with RTHK

Progressive Lawyers Group member Wilson Leung attended RTHK's Backchat together with Philip Dykes (human rights lawyer and Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association), Lawrence Ma (barrister, Executive Council Chairman of the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation and Carole Peterson (Former Director of the Centre of Comparative and Public Law of the University of Hong Kong) to discuss the recent criticism and personal attacks on judges.  

政府曾與禮頓簽訂沙中線工程附屬契約 可直接追究違約行為

港鐵沙中線工程醜聞自5月底曝光,發酵至今已近3個月。最先被揭發鋼筋接駁造假的紅磡站,政府上周再披露港鐵擅改設計、少2,000螺絲頭、書面紀錄疑造假的嚴重問題,觸發港鐵高層「大地震」。不過,涉事的工程承建商「禮頓亞洲」至今仍未作出公開交代,對港鐵及立法會亦一直持不合作態度。政府出資建造沙中線,為項目擁有者,卻是透過港鐵監管承建商,政府是否對禮頓「冇符」?

【時事全方位】不誠實取用電腦罪(三)

法政匯思成員田奇睿指出,按現時法改會建議修訂性侵犯相關法例,若受害人在非自願情況下,而該行為令受害人感到威脅,也可以構成性侵犯,而不在於行為是否與受害人有身體接觸,認為這樣可以針對偷拍裙底等罪行。

Hong Kong journalists’ club in free speech dispute

A fringe pro-independence party and a historic journalists’ club have been thrust into the forefront of the intensifying battle over free speech and the rule of law in Hong Kong, a semi- autonomous Chinese territory that has long prided itself on its civic freedoms.

Hong Kong government tries to make an example of a small opposition party

A tiny and previously little-known political party with no presence in the legislature would have languished on the fringes of Hong Kong’s political sphere were it not for attempts by the city’s government to crush the group. Now, the Hong Kong National Party finds itself in the limelight, raised to an unaccustomed level of prominence in a dispute that is fast becoming a test for the city’s autonomy.

港鐵涉修獨立公證行沉降調查報告 律師質疑犯詐騙

港鐵沙中綫土瓜灣站日前被傳媒揭發,挖掘月台期間導致周邊多棟樓宇沉降超標,《蘋果日報》昨日再引述消息指,工程令到鄰近大廈外牆、店舖及單位出現裂縫,每當有居民投訴及申請索償,港鐵就會將個案交予第三方公證行,但公證行完成調查後會將報告交予港鐵審批及修改,至今一直未有居民能夠獲得賠償。有律師認為港鐵可能涉及詐騙。港鐵常務總監金澤培昨日承認事件,表示會吩咐公證行日後將報告直接交予投訴人。

中介護士多屬自僱 大律師:中介護士倘犯錯,醫管局很大機會亦要負責

法政匯思成員何旳匡大律師認為,一旦有事故發生,醫院仍會有責任,因為病人到醫院求診,是接受醫院的服務,醫院對於病人有照顧的責任。醫院請什麼人、如何聘請亦有責任,醫院會聘請合符專業資格的護士,但如果該護士有疏忽,醫管局及護士雙方都有責任,醫管局都不能撇除責任。

吳靄儀:「命運自主」打一場硬仗 不應過分依賴司法覆核

眾新聞和立場新聞聯合主辦「法治危機 — 這條路能怎樣走下去?」座談會,邀請立法會前法律界議員吳靄儀、大律師公會前主席李志喜、「法政匯思」召集人吳宗鑾擔任主講嘉賓。

領展轉售資產契諾難執行 兆麟苑拆售車位小業主不清楚維修責任

傳真社上月報道領展(823)向房委會購入資產的《買賣協議》設分攤比率契諾,訂明有23個居屋的停車場及商場買家須分擔屋苑公用地方維修費。不過調查發現,有投資者將停車場再拆售後,小業主並不清楚此責任,賣家亦沒有按規定要求買家簽署契據。負責執行契諾的房委會指,若新買家未能承諾遵守,上手業主要為違反契諾事宜負責。

【何志平涉貪】 家人無家可歸疑屬大話 擬抵押物業疑非細佬住址

法政匯思成員、美國執業律師Jason Y. Ng 接受本報查詢時表示,若控方知道相關資料,可以向法官陳詞,說明何志平家人根本不會因為被沒收物業而無家可歸;若法官意識到辯方誇大其詞或誤導法庭,保釋申請將會受到不利的影響。

Hong Kong Radical Is Test Case in China’s Bid to Limit Speech

Earlier this month, Hong Kong’s government threatened to ban Chan’s pro-independence National Party, a move unprecedented since the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Andy Chan talked about China's plan to limit speech.

Petition slams ‘abuse’ of freedom of association

More than 60 groups signed a petition criticizing the government's abuse of freedom of association by proposing to ban the Hong Kong National Party. Assistant Societies Officer Rebecca Lam Hiu-tung, who is also assistant police commissioner, had recommended that Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu prohibit the pro-independence party from continuing to operate.

Groups call for demonstration over govt’s planned HKNP ban

Multiple civic groups and student unions expressed strong concerns over the government’s proposed ban on the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), saying the planned clampdown amounts to curbing free speech and other constitutional rights.  A demonstration has been called for Saturday to voice the feelings of various groups that are opposed to the administration’s plans, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Explainer: How Hong Kong is seeking to ban a pro-independence party using existing national security laws

In their recommendation to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) on Tuesday, the legal grounding cited by the police was the Societies Ordinance. They told the government that there was a sufficiently strong case in the interests of “national security, public safety, public order, protection of freedom and rights of others” for the security secretary to ban the embattled group.

【取締民族黨】警指武力非危害國家安全必要元素 法律界轟違國際標準 憂限結社自由

保安局正考慮禁止香港民族黨運作。警方早前向民族黨召集人陳浩天發出的700多頁文件,當中不僅羅列該黨推動港獨的九項「具體行動」,更特別表明危害「國家安全」不一定要涉及武力元素。警方的說法引起法律界的質疑。法政匯思召集人、大律師吳宗鑾認為外國案例顯示,必須有強烈使用武力的證據方能取締一個社團,質疑政府今次是用不合法方式定義非法社團以限制結社及言論自由。本身為資深大律師的公民黨主席梁家傑則指,警方今次說法不符合《約翰內斯堡原則》等國際人權標準。

【封殺港獨】遊行集會聲援民族黨未必犯法 惟學者指籌款屬違法

民間人權陣線將於本周六舉行遊行,反對取締結社自由。不過,一旦香港民族黨真的被取締,日後民主派若為香港民族黨搞集會、遊行、甚至替其籌款,會否也觸犯法例?有學者和法律界人士認為,這要視乎支援的方法,不能一概而論,如果有人「打正旗號」為取締組織籌款,可以算是違法,但只是表達因應民族黨被取締的事件支持結社自由,或發聲明支持該黨,則未算違法。

Police monitored pro-independence Hong Kong National Party for 18 months before attempt to ban it

Liberal lawyers’ group voices concern over attempt to shut down party on national security grounds, when it has not resorted to violence