Date
27 May 2017
Erwiana's former employer, Law Wan-tung (inset), is seeking legal aid. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters
Erwiana's former employer, Law Wan-tung (inset), is seeking legal aid. Photos: HKEJ, Reuters

Maid abuser told to apply to Court of Appeal for legal aid

The High Court has reversed its own decision to grant a woman who is in jail for abusing her domestic helper permission for a judicial review of the government’s refusal to provide her with legal aid.

Law Wan-tung, 44, was sentenced to a six-year jail term in February last year for abusing her Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.

The court told Law she should apply to the Court of Appeal for legal aid instead of seeking a judicial review of the Legal Aid Department’s refusal to grant her assistance in appealing against her conviction, Metro Daily Hong Kong reported Friday.

The department had requested the court to withdraw its permission for a judicial review.

The judge said she had initially granted permission because she was misled by Law’s lawyer at the time, Wen Wei Po reported.

An emotional Law, who was found guilty of 19 charges of abuse and intimidation in a case that made international headlines, represented herself in court Thursday.

She told the court she deserved legal aid as she is totally innocent but had been framed by her former Indonesian maids Erwiana, Nurhasanah and Tutik.

Law complained that she is now being deprived of the chance to appeal.

She also complained that she was bullied and threatened by some of her fellow inmates, but prison officers refused to take action unless she was beaten up, the report said.

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