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Monday, November 14, 2016, 13:10

Judgment on separatist lawmakers Tuesday

By chinadailyasia.com

HONG KONG - The High Court is expected to hand down judgment Tuesday afternoon on whether or not to vacant the seats held by two separatist lawmakers-elect in the city’s legislature.

According to the official website of the Hong Kong judiciary, Judge Au Hing-cheung will hand down his ruling at 3:30 pm on the qualification of two lawmakers-elect Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching .

Judge Au Hing-cheung will hand down his ruling on the qualification of two lawmakers-elect Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching

The pair was taken to court in a judicial review sought by the SAR government for their anti-nation remarks and behaviors, including referring to the nation as Shina, a derogatory term used by Japanese militarists during World War II and presenting banners that read "Hong Kong is not China" during their swearing-in on Oct 12. It sparked widespread indignation among Hong Kong people and overseas Chinese communities, who have called for disqualifying the pair.

The city’s High Court ruling is to come after the nation’s top legislature – the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) adopted on Nov 7 an interpretation of Article 104 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The NPCSC interpretation clarifies the rules for swearing-in procedures for Chief Executive, senior officials, lawmakers and judges in the city.

The interpretation stipulates that oath takers shall follow the statutory wording of the oath strictly, in a sincere, solemn manner to swear to uphold the Basic Law and pledge their allegiance to the nation and the SAR.

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