Lawmaker and legislator Junius Ho on Friday dismissed any suggestion of irregularities over his claim to be a qualified solicitor in the United Kingdom after a letter posted on social media, purportedly from a regulatory body, stated it had no record of Ho.
The letter, apparently from Britain's Solicitors Regulation Authority, also said as Ho was not on its list, it could not handle a complaint about recent remarks he made calling for independence advocates in Hong Kong to be killed.
The letter also said the regulator is planning to look into a claim on the website of Ho's Hong Kong law firm that he was "admitted to England and Wales" as a lawyer in 1997.
In response to the letter, Ho said on social media that it is normal for him to be absent from the list of British lawyers because he has never practised in the country. However, he said he did obtain the qualifications necessary to do so.
The British authority later confirmed to RTHK that Ho is not on its records. It did not confirm that the letter circulated online was genuine, but noted that Ho may well have qualified as a lawyer in the UK, but had never bothered to apply for membership of the body.
Last updated: 2017-09-22 HKT 18:25