National security police probing protester relief fund claim ‘misconduct’ by lawyers; ex-lawmaker arrested in jail

National security police in Hong Kong who have arrested five former trustees of a now-defunct relief fund for detained protesters say they uncovered “misconduct” by some solicitors and barristers during the course of their probe. Among those arrested was a 90-year-old Catholic Cardinal and a former legislator already serving a separate prison sentence. The police … Read more

‘Absolutely wrong’ to claim Hongkongers face legal charges over speech, says next leader John Lee

Hong Kong’s next chief executive John Lee has said that it is “absolutely wrong” to say that people have been charged for simply expressing their opinions, while meeting top officials and Beijing representatives on Monday. Chief Executive-elect John Lee. Photo: Almond Li / HKFP. The day after becoming chief executive-elect, Lee met with incumbent Chief … Read more

US & UK annual reports on Hong Kong claim ‘unprecedented’ control by China on elections, media, judiciary

The mainland Chinese government played an “unprecedented role” in directing election outcomes in Hong Kong last year, according to an annual US State Department report on Hong Kong released on Thursday. For the third consecutive year, the US maintained that the city does not warrant preferential treatment under US laws, compared to China. Secretary of … Read more