ihavestrings OP t1_j2ce16x wrote

"China's top lawmaking body has given Hong Kong leader John Lee the power to bar foreign lawyers from national security cases, removing the decision from the city's courts, in a move likely to further fuel concerns over judicial independence.

The move, reported by state news agency Xinhua on Friday, comes after a Hong Kong court this month postponed a national security trial against media tycoon and China critic Jimmy Lai to September, to give time for the ruling by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee.

Critics say Beijing's intervention in this landmark legal case undermines Hong Kong's judicial independence, after a panel of three senior judges on the city's Court of Final Appeal in November rejected a government bid to block Owen from representing Lai.

The NPCSC ruling said Hong Kong courts must now obtain approval from the chief executive before admitting any foreign lawyer without local qualifications to work on national security cases.

Lee said in a news conference late on Friday the decision only involves "a very small area" as they are only looking at whether overseas lawyers should be allowed to take part in national security cases.

Legal scholar Eric Lai said on Twitter that the decision "Creates a de facto political-legal committee for Hong Kong", as judicial independence vanishes when executive authorities can override a court decision without being challenged by a judicial review.

The founder of now shut pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, Lai is one of the most prominent Hong Kong critics of China's Communist Party leadership, including Xi Jinping. "


ihavestrings OP t1_j1kfg4a wrote

"The federal government has announced it will hold a summit with state governments, peak bodies and advocates in January, focusing on reforming security and verification policies on dating apps"

Maybe the system that they'll implement is someone signs up, has to submit ID and the company has to do the background check? I don't know what their laws are right now, if companies are allowed to do that.


ihavestrings OP t1_j1hvcyw wrote


A judge kept secret that two of Sam Bankman-Fried's closest associates had turned against him so the cryptocurrency entrepreneur wouldn't get spooked and fight extradition from the Bahamas, according to court transcripts made public Friday.

Ellison is the former chief executive of Bankman-Fried's cryptocurrency hedge fund trading firm, Alameda Research.

In court Monday, Ellison said since FTX and Alameda collapsed in November, she has "Worked hard to assist with the recovery of assets for the benefit of customers and to cooperate with the government's investigation."

Ellison said she knew that if Alameda's FTX accounts had significant negative balances in any currency, it meant that Alameda was borrowing funds that FTX's customers had deposited into the exchange.

"I also understood that many FTX customers invested in crypto derivatives and that most FTX customers did not expect that FTX would lend out their digital asset holdings and deposits to Alameda in this fashion."

From July to October, Ellison said, she agreed with Bankman-Fried and others to provide misleading financial statements to Alameda's lenders, including quarterly balance sheets that concealed the extent of the company's borrowing and the billions of dollars in loans it had made to FTX executives and others.

During his plea earlier Monday, Wang said that he made changes to computer code to enable the transactions with Alameda.


ihavestrings OP t1_j1fw2ku wrote


A criminologist has called for dating apps to introduce criminal history checks on users as the federal government is set to hold a summit into the security measures used by the platforms.

The AIC report found three-quarters of survey respondents had been subjected to sexual violence on dating apps in the last five years.

“The government expects dating apps and websites to do all they can to keep their users safe, such as providing easy-to-use reporting processes, support for victims of abuse, processes and policies that hold perpetrators accountable, and incorporating safety by design processes.”

A spokesperson for New South Wales’ minister for women, Bronnie Taylor, said she had recently written to Rowland asking her to take “urgent action” on “the issue of women’s safety on dating apps”.