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Prosecution director recommends delaying Lamma ferry disaster hearing
Yesterday, the committee investigating the 1 October Lamma ferry disaster began a preliminary hearing on the tragedy. Kevin Zervos, Director of Public Prosecutions, asked that the hearing be pushed back to the middle of January to give the Justice Department time to decide whether it would attempt to assign blame to individuals involved in the disaster. He said that he was worried that the investigators would make public information about the disaster that would affect the investigation. The chairman of the investigation committee, Justice Michael Lunn, will make a decision on whether or not to postpone the hearing. If he decides against postponement, the hearing will begin next Wednesday. The projected duration of the hearing is 33 days. It will conclude in February 2013.
Nobody blamed for HKU dental clinic sterilization mishap
Yesterday, an investigation team completed its investigation of a case in which staff members of Hong Kong University’s dental clinic did not complete equipment sterilization procedures. The team’s report acknowledges that the problem might have been due to the failure of a nurse to turn on a high-pressure sterilizing oven and to verify the change in color of a label that was designed to indicate the completion of the sterilization process. However, despite the fact that the report calls the incident a case of serious human negligence, it does not assign blame for the mishap, saying that it is not possible to know which nurse committed the error.
Hong Kong falls two places to number 14 in global corruption index
Transparency International published its Corruption Perceptions Index yesterday. Hong Kong’s ranking slipped to 14 from 12 last year. China’s ranking fell to 80 from 75 last year. According to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong’s lower rating is due to the effect of the media’s extensive reporting of several recent cases that the ICAC has investigated on perceptions of Hong Kong.