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Legco to probe Cheng Chung-tai's July 1 actions

2019-12-12 HKT 14:50
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Lawmakers have backed a Legco investigation into Civic Passion lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai, over his behaviour in the Legco building on July 1 when protesters stormed the building and vandalised facilities inside.

New People's Party lawmaker Eunice Yung, who moved a motion to censure Cheng, accused him of assisting the protesters to illegally enter and vandalise the Legco complex, as well as helping them avoid police detection.

Yung said Cheng's alleged actions had failed the public expectations of a lawmaker and constituted a misbehaviour under Article 79 of the Basic Law.

The council, controlled by the pro-establishment camp, voted down a counter motion raised by lawmaker Ray Chan.

Speaking on the motion, Junius Ho accused the pro-democracy camp of having double standards, saying they often claim they wanted to find out the truth about the protests, but are now blocking an investigation into a member from the pro-democracy camp for their own political interests.

But the opposition said there was no need for a Legco investigation. Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka ki said Cheng is still undergoing a legal process for his role on July 1 and it's not appropriate to investigate him now.

Under Legco rules, an investigation committee will be set up to look into Cheng's alleged behaviour, before the issue is brought back to the main council for a final vote.

Cheng could be stripped of his Legco seat if two-thirds of members present voted for the censure.

On Wednesday, Legco voted down bids from the pro-government camp to remove the Civic Party's Tanya Chan and the Professionals Guild's Shiu Ka-chun as lawmakers over the jail sentences they received for their roles in the 2014 Occupy protests.

Pro-government lawmaker Ho is also to face a probe over his alleged link to a gang of armed men who attacked passengers in Yuen Long on July 21 and his use of unparliamentary language against Claudia Mo.