Fresh protests mount pressure on Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Hundreds of demonstrators surrounded on Thursday the office of Hong Kong’s justice official, demanding local authorities to release arrested protesters and complete withdrawal of controversial extradition bill. More than 200 demonstrators gathered early in the morning at Hong Kong’s Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng’s … Continue reading Hong Kong: Protestors circle justice secretary building
On June 9, 2019, organizers say that more than 1 million protesters in Hong Kong -- which would be nearly one in seven people in the city -- voiced their opposition to an extradition bill that would allow fugitives to be transferred to mainland China. Speaking to the Hong Kong Free Press, demonstrator and retired civil servant HK Lau said that the passage of the bill would mean the end of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle under which the city had been governed since the resumption of Chinese rule in 1997.
我們正參與元旦遊行，並呼籲司長維護律政司一貫政策，就涉及高官的案件，尋求獨立法律意見，免除公眾「官官相護」的質疑 (The Progressive Lawyers Group has joined the New Year protest. We call on the Secretary for Justice to respect and follow established policies of the Department of Justice and seek independent legal advice on its decision to press charges against former senior government officials in order to remove any suspicion of conflicts of interest).
該言論反映律政司背離了其長久以來的一貫政策，這是十分危險的。因為它破壞了律政司在公眾認知中不偏不倚的形象和誠信，同時亦削弱市民對香港法治的信心。毋庸置疑，大眾亦關注是次事件會否成為先例，為日後選擇性檢控政府官員提供藉口。(The Remarks show that there is a departure from the DOJ's longstanding policy, which is dangerous as it would undermine public perceptions of the impartiality and trustworthiness of the DOJ and reduce public confidence in the rule of law in Hong Kong. No doubt the public would also be concerned as to whether it would become a precedent for excusing the prosecution of government officials in the future on a selective basis.)
Police are looking into complaints filed against Hong Kong’s beleaguered justice minister, with sources saying one line of inquiry will be whether she “intentionally misled” a bank to secure a mortgage without mentioning an illegal basement at her house.