Friday, December 02, 2005

Model life

Judge orders inquest into death of decapitated model. This reverses a previous decision -- taken a couple of months ago -- to not hold an inquest:
Coroner Andrew Chan and the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau decided in September against opening an inquest. Chan cited the unnecessary exposure of "the deceased's private life such as her drug habit, gambling habit, medical conditions, financial background, suicide attempts, complicated love affairs and casual sex attitude."
Nothing out of the ordinary there: it's life, and life only. Still, details made public concerning the late Annie Pang's life would inevitably refer to others still living... Furthermore, why were the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau also involved in nixing a coroner's inquest? Report: Hong Kong Standard

A bit of background: Anson Chan (陳方安生), mentioned in the newpaper article, was the prominent and long-standing head of Hong Kong's civil service before and after the territory's handover on 1 July, 1997 to mainland China. The first woman and first ethnic Chinese person to hold the second-highest governmental position in Hong Kong, Chan retired in 2001.


Deb said...

Welcome back. Glad you're settled in your new place. Snowing half way around the world in Portland, Maine, USA.

mister bijou said...

Many thanks!
No snow, but a cold front has swept down from the frozen north pushing the night-time temperature down to 11C. Should warm up again, somewhat, in a couple of days! One welcome side effect: street hawkers sell hot, roasted chestnuts.