Even NatSec judges are getting impatient with the prosecutors apparently dragging out the case of the pro-democrats who tried to win an election, with masses of non-specific evidence and a trial estimated to take over 90 days – but not until after late January. Or later. Summary from the estimable Su Xinqi…
…nearly 3 months since the 17 [pleading not-guilty] defendants in the 47 activists “conspiracy to subversion” case [was] last in court and it’s been 21 months since the NSL offence was first charged, but time seems [to have frozen] as disputes still surround what exactly [Justice Dept] is alleging.
Read down for judge’s comments and a guest appearance by Regina Ip.
Anyone who flicks through the Standard knows the paper loves eye-catching property transactions. Today it gives front-page treatment to Beijing’s locally based NatSec agency purchase of a five-bedroom 7,170 sq ft villa at Mont Rouge just north of Kowloon Tong, including a 5,000 sq ft garden and 700 sq ft terrace. For HK$508 million.
A few questions… First – yes it’s big and oh-so ‘luxury’, but is someone padding this price a bit? Half a billion seems kind of steep, especially for Kowloon-side. Second, what on earth does a humble Office for Safeguarding National Security want it for? Having friends over for barbecues? Third, are they spending Mainland or Hong Kong taxpayers’ money?
Following more workplace deaths, Transit Jam says Hong Kong’s construction sites have worse safety records than Qatar’s, not least because of…
…the lax enforcement culture and casual disregard for human life shown by Hong Kong’s gluttonous developers.
(And that’s before he starts on the government.)