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

3 years jail for Hong Kong protester who beat up taxi driver that ploughed into crowd

A man has been sentenced to three years in jail over a violent incident in 2019, when protesters beat up a taxi driver whose vehicle ploughed into a crowd in Sham Shui Po. Cheung Tsz-lung, 35, previously pleaded guilty to rioting and violating the anti-mask law, which was in place at the time. He was … Read more

Former pro-democracy lawmaker Fernando Cheung leaves Hong Kong for Canada after jail term

Former pro-democracy lawmaker Fernando Cheung has left Hong Kong for Canada, months after serving three weeks in prison for contempt in connection with a protest he staged with fellow democrats in the legislature in May 2020. The news of his departure was disclosed by former deputy chief executive officer of Hong Kong Public Opinion Research … Read more

Security law: Hong Kong student gets 5 years jail for incitement of secession, as judge walks back sentence discount

A Hong Kong university student convicted of inciting secession under the Beijing-imposed national security law has been sentenced to five years in prison. Telegram app. File photo: Amin Moshrefi, via Unsplash. Lui Sai-yu, accused of selling weapons on messaging app Telegram and posting pro-independence messages, was handed the sentence at the District Court on Friday. … Read more

Ex-member of Hong Kong independence group loses appeal bid against 12-year jail term over explosives

A former member of a disbanded Hong Kong independence group has lost his bid to challenge a High Court decision jailing him for 12 years over possessing explosives in an industrial unit during the 2019 protests. Hong Kong independence flags. File photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. The Court of Appeal on Monday refused to grant … Read more

Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che returns home after five years in China jail

A Taiwanese democracy activist jailed in China for five years returned home on Friday after serving his full sentence in a case that had strained relations between the two neighbors. Local media live-streamed footage of Lee Ming-che’s arrival in Taiwan via a Xiamen Air flight before he was escorted by two airport workers in pandemic … Read more

Quarantined Covid patients face jail, fines if they refuse to hand over pets to gov’t, as NGO expresses concern

Hong Kong animal charity the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) has expressed “concern” over a change in the city’s Covid-related regulation that introduces a penalty for pet owners who refuse to hand their animals over to the government. From March 31, pet owners who refuse to turn in their animals to … Read more