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'Teresa Cheng should clarify rule to HKNP lawyers'

2018-10-26 HKT 09:58
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  • Legal-sector legislator Dennis Kwok says the Secretary for Justice  needs to reassure that the common law tradition will continue. File photo: RTHK
    Legal-sector legislator Dennis Kwok says the Secretary for Justice needs to reassure that the common law tradition will continue. File photo: RTHK
Legal-sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok said he is disappointed with the Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, concerning questions raised by lawyers linked to the appeals launched by the founders of the banned Hong Kong National Party.

The two founders have filed individual appeals and lawyers involved in the process had asked the justice department for clarification if their work be seen as a breach of law for associating with an outlawed group.

So far the Department of Justice has reportedly refused to assure the legal team helping the pro-independence party's appeal bids that they would not be prosecuted in future over their work.

Speaking on RTHK, Barrister Dennis Kwok expressed his frustration with the comment and said Cheng needs to clarify the issue "to defend the rule of law in Hong Kong, to stand up for the rule of law and reassure everyone that the basic rights are guaranteed under the Basic Law, and the common law tradition will continue".

"I mean they keep saying that we need to reassure the international community about the health of our rule of law, but when it comes to these basic things they refuse to stand up and be counted," Kwok said.

"I’m quite disappointed," he said.