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Court rejects mainland scholar for Longhair appeal

2018-08-22 HKT 12:16
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  • Leung Kwok-hung has failed again to be allowed to use evidence from a mainland legal expert in an appeal against his Legco disqualification. File photo: RTHK
    Leung Kwok-hung has failed again to be allowed to use evidence from a mainland legal expert in an appeal against his Legco disqualification. File photo: RTHK
Priscilla Ng reports
Ousted lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, popularly known as Longhair, has failed for a second time to use expert evidence from a Peking University law professor in a court appeal against his disqualification from Legco.

The Court of Appeal had in June rejected Leung's first application for Zhang Qianfan to be allowed to testify on his behalf, saying he should have submitted a report from the law professor during the Court of First Instance hearing which disqualified him last year.

The appeal court said back then that such evidence would not aid Leung's appeal case which will be heard in November this year.

The League of Social Democrats activist subsequently sought leave to challenge the decision in the Court of Final Appeal.

But the Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to grant him permission for the move, saying his lawyers had failed to show how the court's decision on the matter in June was a mistake.

Leung was also ordered to pay around HK$34,000 in legal costs.

Leung was stripped of his Legco seat in September 2017, along with Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai and Edward Yiu. The court ruled that the four, from the pro-democracy camp, had failed to take their oaths of office correctly.