Hong Kong National Party leader Chan Ho-tin on Monday criticised Chief Executive Carrie Lam's declaration that the authorities would crush any calls for independence, saying this was "inappropriate" as she is the one who will hear a possible appeal if his party is banned under the Societies Ordinance.
"She should not publicly announce her stance, or put [this out] in other words. She has already announced the decision before our appeal," Chan said. "It is absolutely inappropriate for her to say that."
Lam said last Wednesday that her administration will suppress any action that promotes the independence of Hong Kong, in a bid to uphold national sovereignty and safety.
The leader of the pro-independence party also denied that he was trying to stall the possible government action against his party by asking for details of the surveillance he was placed under.
Over the weekend, the party also asked the authorities to delay the deadline for it to fight its case to October, instead of next week.
Chan said it was only fair he be given more time to respond to allegations that his party poses a threat to the country's sovereignty.
"It’s not stalling time," he said. "I just want to present to the public that we want fairness of procedure because they may be cherry picking the information they collected in two to three years."
"If we consider the information thoroughly, it may conclude that the National Party does not violate the national security," Chan added.
The party had also demanded that the Security Bureau reveal if it had any contact with the police over the matter before they proposed the ban, and to provide communication records if such contacts did take place.