Friday, August 04, 2006

Hong Kong: crimewatch

Oh, Mister B nearly missed this one: lawyer Kevan Egan was granted bail on 1 August 2006, pending his appeal against a conviction for attempting to leak the identity of a witness in Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption protection programme.

The conviction was based on the testimony of a South China Morning Post reporter, Magdalen Chow.

The Court of Appeal freed Egan, 60, on bail of HK$1 million cash and US$500,000 in sureties. He was also ordered to surrender his travel documents and is barred from leaving the territory.

Presumably, Egan will be enjoying a pint or three in the bar of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club in Ice House Street this Friday evening.

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