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Protest held over HKU move against Benny Tai

2020-01-15 HKT 14:13
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  • Participants of the rally say HKU should not have set up a probe now as Benny Tai's appeal is still before the courts. Photo: RTHK
    Participants of the rally say HKU should not have set up a probe now as Benny Tai's appeal is still before the courts. Photo: RTHK
Around 100 people held a rally at the Edinburgh Place in Central on Wednesday to protest against the University of Hong Kong's move to start proceedings against Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai that could see him fired.

The law professor was released on bail last summer pending appeal over his convictions of leading the pro-democracy movement in 2014. He was jailed in April for 16 months.

Participants of the rally, many of them HKU graduates, said the university should not have set up the inquiry as it violates due process as Tai's appeal is before the courts.

The university has said it is following up the case in accordance with procedures. A spokesman said the committee needs to undertake an inquiry into the facts of the charges to prepare a report for the senate's consideration. The senate will then advise the council what action is to follow.

An HKU spokesman said the committee won't make any recommendation on whether professor Tai should be fired.

But HKU alumnus, barrister Margaret Ng from the Civic Party, said following the procedures doesn't mean it's a due process.

"It gives people the wrong ideas, sends a wrong message to the community that the university is afraid of political power ... or political pressure and so that is why it is taking this action," said Ng.