Five blocks under lockdown amid Omicron fears

The government locked down four buildings in Ap Lei Chau, Happy Valley, North Point, Tai Po and Ma On Shan on Thursday evening for mandatory Covid-19 testing, as part of efforts to rein in the spread of the Omicron variant. It said people must get tested if they have recently...

Man allowed to take cable ties case forward

The Court of Appeal has given the green light for a man jailed for possessing cable ties in 2019 to challenge his conviction and sentence in the city’s top court. Chan Chun-kit, 35, who’s a real estate agent, was found guilty by Eastern Court in August 2020 for possessing instruments...

Chow Hang-tung jailed for 15 months over June 4 rally

Barrister Chow Hang-tung has been sentenced to a year and three months in prison after being found guilty of inciting others to join a banned vigil at Victoria Park on June 4 last year. The former vice-chairman of the now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of...

District Court finds five guilty of rioting

The District Court on Friday found five people guilty of rioting and resisting a police officer in Wong Tai Sin on National Day in 2019. Kwok Siu-kit, Cheung Kai-cheong, Ho Man-him, Wan Tsz-lam and Mak Ho-wai, who are aged between 19 and 30, were convicted of taking part in a...

Court orders winding up of Next Digital

The High Court has granted the government's request to wind up Next Digital, the parent company of Apple Daily. Financial Secretary Paul Chan had said in a bid he submitted in September that it was in the public interest to wind up the company, which is listed on the Hong...

Orban: Hungarian court to rule on challenge to EU law

In this file photo taken on Nov 23, 2021, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a press conference following an extraordinary meeting of prime ministers of central Europe's informal body of cooperation, the Visegrad Group (V4) in Budapest, Hungary. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) BUDAPEST - Hungary's Constitutional Court is expected to...

High Court overturns student’s assault conviction

The High Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction and sentence of a university student accused of hitting a mainland student. Chan Hoi-man had been given a nine-and-a-half month prison term for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Video footage showed that during a public forum at the University of Science and...

‘Suspicious’ letters prompt evacuation of courts

Police said they evacuated dozens of people from two court buildings on Tuesday morning after staff reported receiving what they said were suspicious letters. The letters were sent to Sha Tin and West Kowloon magistrates' courts. A police spokesman said the bomb disposal unit was also deployed to the scenes....

Activist Chow Hang-tung denied bail by court

West Kowloon Court on Tuesday denied bail to former June Fourth vigil organiser Chow Hang-tung, who is charged with inciting subversion of state power. The vice-chairwoman of the now-disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China is charged along with the alliance’s two former leaders, Lee...

Hungary, Poland slapped down by EU top court again

Pro-Europe protesters gather at Plac Zamkowy, in Warsaw's Old Town, after the Constitutional Tribunal ruled Polish constitution has primacy over EU laws on Oct 10, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland. (MAGDALENA CHODOWNIK / GETTY IMAGES VIA BLOOMBERG) Hungary and Poland were slapped down again by the European Union’s top court for...

Court convicts 20 of rioting, 3 acquitted

The District Court on Saturday found 20 people guilty of rioting during a 2019 protest in Sheung Wan, while three others were acquitted as the judge said he could not be certain they personally took part in the riot. Judge Johnny Chan ruled that a riot took place in the...

Top court upholds Small House Policy in full

Hong Kong's top court has upheld the exclusive right of male indigenous villagers to build their own homes under the Small House Policy, saying the policy is constitutional in its entirety. The policy, which dates back to 1972, allows for three-storey houses to be built on private land. Male villagers...

Inquest told man was chronically ill before Covid jab

An inquest into the death of a man two days after he received a Sinovac coronavirus jab has heard that he suffered from chronic illnesses including hypertension and heart problems, but he had not been classified as unsuitable for vaccination. Timble Li, 63, got the vaccine at a community centre...

Legal status of Hong Kong Alliance in question: Court

A magistrate presiding over a national security case involving the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China has questioned whether the group can still represent itself in court after officials struck it off the Companies Register earlier this week. Principal magistrate Peter Law likened it to...

Scientist jailed for a year over 2019 protest

A scientist who told a court he tried to help a protester shot and injured by the police in 2019 has been jailed for a year. Yau Wang-tat had pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly, having initially been charged with the more serious offence of rioting. In mitigation, Yau's lawyer told...