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Legco rejects no confidence vote against Teresa Cheng  Listenfacebook
A Legco panel has voted down a motion of no confidence in the Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, over her handling of a controversial case involving former Chief Executive CY Leung. The motion, tabled by legal-sector representative Dennis Kwok, was defeated by 11 votes to seven. During the meeting, pan-democratic lawmakers demanded to know why the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute Mr Leung over an undeclared HK$50mn payment he received from Australian firm UGL, but Ms Cheng said it would be inappropriate to comment on specific cases. Annemarie Evans asked our reporter Richard Pyne, who covered the meeting, what else the Justice Secretary had to say:
Electric car scheme changes leave critics unconvinced  Listenfacebook
The government has relaxed the criteria for its unpopular tax-concession scheme aimed at getting people to replace their old petrol cars with new electric ones, but the changes have left critics unconvinced. Only around 300 drivers have taken advantage of the maximum HK$250,000 tax break for new electric cars, since the one-for-one replacement programme was introduced a year ago. Under the old rules, they must own the old gas-guzzlers for at least three years; the cars must be at least six years old; and the vehicles must have been licenced for the past 20 months. The new changes halve the ownership and licence requirements, but still require owners to junk their old petrol cars. Mark Webb-Johnson is the Chairman of Charged HK, a group that promotes the usage of electric cars. Jim Gould asked him if he thinks the changes will make any difference:
Rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang jailed 4½ years for subversion  Listenfacebook
China analyst Willy Lam says the international spotlight on human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang may have contributed to the length of his 4½ year prison term, handed down by a Tianjin court on Monday. The lawyer, who was convicted of subversion, also had his political rights stripped for five years. His was the last case to go through the courts out of hundreds of lawyers and activists caught up in the so-called 709 crackdown on the legal profession in July 2015. Professor Lam, from the Chinese University, told Annemarie Evans the government wanted to send a message with the sentence: