HK rule of law ‘tickety boo’

Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee hails rule of law in the city. His comments to a conference also emphasize judicial independence – even though Beijing’s rulers explicitly reject the notion of separation of powers.

Meanwhile, former leader of the Tiananmen Square vigil group Chow Hang-tung is barred from seeing full details of the prosecution’s case against her…

The evidence caught the court by surprise and prosecutor Laura Ng Shuk-kuen admitted she had only realised the existence of the 300 backups during the trial.

Eric Lai comments

This is an absurd situation. The public prosecution appears to act in contrary to the prosecution code that, they have a duty of full and timely disclosure of all relevant materials available or known to the prosecution.

In the Stand News ‘criminal ideologies’ sedition case, it emerges that the prosecution didn’t even disclose the existence of some evidence…

Senior counsel Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, for the defence, said on Monday prosecutors had failed to disclose six boxes of unused documentary evidence amounting to more than 1,500 pages until their existence was revealed during the cross-examination of a police witness last week.

Defendant Patrick Lam gets bail after 11 months in jail.

And former RTHK journalist Bao Choy loses her appeal on accessing public data on vehicle registrations while reporting on the Yuen Long attack on June 21, 2019.

You can, however, see the non-paywalled (click through it) WSJ editorial of the financial summit that few would have noticed until Hong Kong officials complained about it…

Wall Street’s best and brightest … were used as props in the effort by Hong Kong officials to revive the city’s reputation as a commercial center amid their continuing purge of all dissent, and the destruction of a free press and independent judiciary.

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6 Responses to HK rule of law ‘tickety boo’

  1. Coco says:

    I always wonder if local officials understand what an editorial is.

  2. Boris Badanov says:

    The end of the ability to have any rational discussion of HK govt policy is approaching faster than expected. Soon they’ll start threatening Paul Zimmerman for commenting on govt urban design.

  3. abba-dabba yucca-yucca says:

    Well, now that we had the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit and the Global Rugby Sevens, and still have globally unique China (aka Covid19) virus policies, Hong Kong has finally implemented the true One Country with two Systems as the People’s Core Leader (Leader, like Fuhrer in German) Xi Jinping so commanded, and because the People’s Fuhrer ah Leader so commanded Hong Hong now has had a Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit and the international Global Rugby celebrating One Country Two systems as so commanded by the People’s Furer, and Hong Kong will now having further Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit and the international Global Rugby Sevens to underline the success of One Country Two Systems, such that the People’s Core Leader can be happy that Hong Kong has now impelemented One Country Two Systems by having the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit and the international Global Rugby Sevens……

    Sorry, was just jotting down what I learned listening to the news – as reference material for my Patriot Test next week……

  4. Mjreljekk8! says:

    So, face masks are ‘here to stay’ along with other ridiculous rules according to the CE that did not wear one at either the GFLIS or the Rugby 7s?? I think he may find that is pretty much all that is hear you stay.

  5. Greens are secret Yellows says:

    @Boris: they’ll soon be threatening any environmentalists willing to stick their head above the parapet to criticize the Ultra Mega Gigantiferous Northern Megalopolopolis and the Lantau 2 Electric Boogaloo Sea Paving Exercise. In five years time any non-profit more organized than a weekend hiking club will have to have a Designated Patriot minder on its board of directors. Great times.

  6. Low Profile says:

    Excerpt from a famous Monty Python sketch:

    Interviewer: But the police have film of Dinsdale actually nailing your head to the floor.
    Stig: (pause) Oh yeah, he did that.
    Interviewer: Why?
    Stig: Well he had to, didn’t he? I mean there was nothing else he could do, be fair. I had transgressed the unwritten law.
    Interviewer: What had you done?
    Stig: Er… well he didn’t tell me that, but he gave me his word that it was the case…

    Remind you of anything?

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