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Teresa Cheng's case same as Huen Wong's: lawmaker Listen
The Chief Executive has stepped up the defence of her Justice Secretary as critics likened the refusal of Teresa Cheng to step down over the illegal structures found at her homes to the prompt resignation of the Communications Authority chief Huen Wong over undeclared stock holdings. Carrie Lam said the two cases were different and should not be linked. Wong tendered his resignation after discovering that he'd failed to declare he owned shares in China Mobile when he took over as chairman of the authority last year. The convenor of the pan-democrats, Charles Mok, said Wong has shown how such matters should be handled. Mok, who is also the chairman of the Legco panel on Information Technology and Broadcasting, told Annemarie Evans that Cheng's and Wong's cases were not different.
Judgment has denied individual's right to stand in election: Demosisto Listen
Independence advocate, Chan Ho-tin, has lost his legal challenge against a decision to bar him from running in the 2016 Legco election. The convenor of the Hong Kong National Party argued that there were -- as he put it -- "material irregularities" at the election and tried to overturn the results. But High Court judge, Thomas Au, ruled that returning officers have the statutory power to determine whether a LegCo hopeful genuinely intends to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the SAR. Demosisto core member, Agnes Chow, who herself was barred from running in next month's Legco by-election, said the judgment showed the basic right of an individual to run in an election was not being respected.
Choi Soon-sil's sentence was harsher than expected: correspondent Listen
A confidante of the ousted South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in connection with the country's political scandal. Choi Soon-sil was convicted of abusing her close ties with the former president, to gain personal profit and for receiving bribes from Samsung, Lotte and other big South Korean businesses. Choi has pledged to appeal. RTHK’s correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, told Annemarie Evans that the sentence meted out to Choi was harsher than expected.