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Australia-China spat exposes China’s flawed judiciary

Australia-China spat exposes China’s flawed judiciary

China’s deep-rooted flaws in its judicial systems was exposed to the whole world when a Chinese court ruled an Australian citizen to death for allegedly carrying drugs on June 13.Karm Gilespie, a Sydney-based actor turned investment consultant, in his mid-fifties, was arrested on New Year's Eve in 2013 at Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou, Southern China on charges of trying to board an international flight with more than 7.5 kilograms of methamphetamine (also known as meth or crystal meth), a recreational drug in his checked-in luggage.This was the first time since the world learned of him being secretly held in jail for seven years. The development further damaged the increasingly troubled diplomatic and trade relations between Australia and China.Australia described the death sentence imposed

Hong Kong questions China’s intention over giving Carrie Lam power to appoint judges for trials under security law

As the pro-democracy and anti-national security law protests in Hong Kong continue, China has made another arbitrary decision to empower Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to appoint judges to hear trials under the national security law, leaving many lawyers and opposition party leaders confused about Beijing’s real intentions.“It is very odd for a person [who has] a stake in the prosecution to select the judges,” Hong Kong Bar Association chairman Philip Dykes said.For some people, like the leader of the opposition Civic Party, Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, it puts a big question on the impartiality of judges who will be appointed by pro-Beijing leader Lam, as a new mainland adviser would sit on a top-level national security commission to be set up to “give orders” to Hong Kong authorities.Ling Bing, a