Pro-government lawmaker Priscilla Leung said on Thursday that everyone is allowed legal representation in Hong Kong and it would be unlikely that lawyers representing Chan Ho-tin would be regarded as aiding the banned Hong Kong National Party and breaching the law.
The Business and Professional Alliance legislator was referring to reports that the Department of Justice has refused to assure Chan's legal team that they would not be prosecuted in future if they help him with an appeal against the ban.
The department simply said it had "no view" on the matter. Chan and a colleague on Wednesday filed appeals to the Chief Executive in Council against the ban.
Leung, who is a barrister, said as long as the lawyers helping with the appeal are following legal and judicial procedures, legal representation is allowed.
"In Hong Kong, everyone is entitled to legal representation," she said.
Referring to the response of the justice department, Leung said it is difficult for the government to say anything at this stage "because we don't know what will go on with the team or the strategy".
"But in general, Hong Kong is ruled under common law and legal representation is protected," the lawmaker said.
Leung told RTHK's Frances Sit that even those who have committed a crime are allowed assistance from lawyers and this is needed to smoothen the judicial process.