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A Death in Hong Kong : The MacLennan Case of 1980 and the Suppression of a Scandal (2nd Edition)
作者 Nigel Collett
出版社 City University of Hong Kong Press
ISBN 9789629375577
分類 Social Science > Other
價格 HK$278.00
 
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In January 1980, a young police officer named John MacLennan committed suicide in his Ho Man Tin flat. His death came mere hours before he was to be arrested for committing homosexual acts still, at that point, illegal in Hong Kong. But this was more than the desperate act of a young man, ashamed and afraid; both his death and the subsequent investigation were a smokescreen for a scandal that went to the heart of the establishment.

MacLennan came to Hong Kong from Scotland during a tumultuous time in Hong Kong’s history. The governorship of Sir Murray MacLehose was to be a time of reform and progress, but with that remit came the determination of many to suppress scandals and silence those who stirred up trouble. Both the life and death of John MacLennan seemed to many of those in power to threaten the stability of one of Britain’s last colonies.

The second edition includes a foreword by Christine Loh (former undersecretary for the environment, former legislator, and founder of Civic Exchange) as well as updated information from new interviews with key people involved in the case. With endorsements from human rights researchers and the local community, this book provides insight into Hong Kong during a time of social unrest and corruption scandals, a time when homosexuality and paedophilia were often considered interchangeable and both offered easy targets for blackmail.


About the Author:

Nigel COLLETT, a retired lieutenant-colonel of the British Brigade of Gurkhas now a biographer based in Hong Kong, is the author of The Butcher of Amritsar (2006), a life of General Dyer, perpetrator of the Amritsar massacre, and of Firelight of a Different Colour: the Life and Times of Leslie Cheung (2014).


1 Scotland

2 Hong Kong

3 Corruption

4 Amnesty

5 Homosexuality

6 John Richard Duffy

7 Yuen Long

8 Appeal

9 The SIU

10 Pursuit

11 The Honourable John Griffiths

12 Set-Up

13 Stumbling Blocks

14 Suicide

15 Investigation

16 Outcry

17 Inquest

18 Campaign

19 Commission of Inquiry

20 The Carratu Investigation

21 Opening Moves

22 The SIU Case Collapses

23 Discrediting the Police

24 Hostile Witnesses

25 Intervention

26 Endgame

27 The Commission Report

28 Justice T.L. Yang

29 Aftermath


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