, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 133-136,
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Date: 09 Oct 2012

Kam C. Wong: One country two systems: cross-border crime between Hong Kong and China

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The curtains closed on Hong Kong’s legendary gang boss “Big Spender” in 1998 when the Guangzhou Higher People’s Court confirmed his guilt in masterminding the most notorious kidnappings Hong Kong had ever seen. Coming after a series of incidents that roused public concern over the erosion of the rule of law following the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997, the case was the first case to test Hong Kong’s legal autonomy since the Handover. Kam C. Wong had a front row seat to the negotiations between the British and Chinese governments over the transfer when he was a public law lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Later, as the Director of Chinese Law Program of the University, Wong became involved in the “Big Spender” case as it was the first time a Hong Kong legal resident was prosecuted, tried, and executed in China under the PRC Criminal Law for criminal conduct perpetrated largely in Hong Kong. With the eye of an insider, mind of a professional (both as a legal intellec ...