Hong Kong court rules pro-independence stance must bar standing for election

By Venus Wu and Pak Yiu HONG KONG, Feb 13 : Hong Kong’s High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of barring a pro-independence activist from standing in an election, saying it is “fundamental” for lawmakers to accept the city as an inalienable part of China. The former British colony, which returned to China in […]

European Union flags concern after Hong Kong bars election candidate

By Venus Wu HONG KONG, Jan 30 : The European Union on Tuesday criticised the Hong Kong government’s decision to bar a 21-year-old activist from standing for election, saying it contradicted an international human rights treaty and risked hurting the city’s reputation. Agnes Chow, a close ally of student protest leader Joshua Wong, was officially […]

Hong Kong lawyers condemn “unlawful” disqualification of candidate

By Venus Wu and Greg Torode HONG KONG, Jan 29 : A group of Hong Kong lawyers on Monday condemned a ban on a democracy activist by the territory’s government to prevent her from contesting a by-election, describing it as the suppression of free expression and a curb on voting. The weekend ban on Agnes […]

Hong Kong leader says she won’t blindly obey Beijing’s orders

By Venus Wu HONG KONG, Dec 22 : Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she would not blindly obey the orders of Communist Party leaders in Beijing, while admitting the government has no way to suppress skyrocketing prices in one of the most expensive property markets in the world. Lam was sworn in by Chinese […]

Former banker’s lawyer argues judge misled jury in Hong Kong double murder trial

By Farah Master HONG KONG, Dec 12 : – A lawyer for a former British banker who was jailed for life in Hong Kong for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped said on Tuesday that the judge who presided over the gruesome trial last year had misdirected the jury. Rurik Jutting, […]