一罪涉《公安例》- 大狀:原針對黑幫

對於被告其中一項控罪牽涉《公安條例》17B條,有執業大律師解釋,《公安條例》立法原意是針對黑社會成員,以法例制止他們到處叫囂鬧事,但時移世易下現用作檢控示威者,因為「以前的示威者無咁激」,並強調《公安條例》無法使和平示威者入罪。

A lengthy jail term sends a message to Hong Kong’s rebellious youth

Hong Kong’s judiciary remains widely admired for its independence. But the numbers of worriers are growing. “The discretion of prosecutions is ultimately held by a political appointee. There is no insulation from that political process,” says Alvin Cheung of New York University [who is also a member of the Progressive Lawyers Group].

Beijing gnaws at rule of law in Hong Kong

The decision by Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal to drastically and retroactively increase the sentences of activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law has prompted widespread international concern. Unsurprisingly, suggestions in international op-ed pages that Hong Kong had created its first political prisoners have prompted a strident public backlash. Commentators ranging from Hong Kong officials and committed Beijing apologists to retired judges and senior members of the legal profession have dismissed suggestions that Hong Kong’s judicial independence has been undermined. Yet the focus of public commentary on the role of the judiciary should not obscure three lingering questions about the future of rule of law in Hong Kong.