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Thursday, November 17, 2016, 01:22

Follow-up procedures begin after lawmakers’ disqualifications

By Luis Liu
Follow-up procedures begin after lawmakers’ disqualifications
A empty alcohol bottle is left among other things on the table of disqualified lawmaker-elect Sixtus Leung Chung-hang. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - As the two separatist legislators-elect were disqualified from the city's legislature, the Legislative Council Secretariat has started follow-up procedures.

Photographers entered the office in the LegCo building they vacated on Tuesday - with images that offer a glimpse into the lifestyle they and their assistants led in the past month.

LegCo Secretariat said Yau and Leung have to each return "a portion or all of" the monthly remunerations of HK$95,180

Hours after the High Court ruled on Tuesday to disqualify Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung-hang as LegCo members, effective from Oct 12, LegCo Secretariat removed Yau and Leung’s name tags. They have been told to move out of their offices in three days and repay expenses advanced from the secretariat.

The LegCo Secretariat told China Daily on Wednesday Yau and Leung have to each return "a portion or all of" the monthly remunerations of HK$95,180. They also had to return a total of HK$834,393 in operating funds they had each advanced (the maximum amount is HK$1.9 million) to the legislature's statutory governing body – the LegCo Commission. Details are still being studied, a LegCo spokeswoman said.

In the pair's office, furniture, cardboards and documents lay scattered in a mess on the floor. Empty and half-empty alcohol bottles were seen on shelves, sofas and on the floor, including imported brand-name whiskies with a market price up to about HK$1,000 a bottle.

A package of a PlayStation 4 video game console was found there.

Moreover, there was also a copy of the highly controversial autobiography and political manifesto of the German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler – Mein Kampf ( My Struggle ).

Among other items the pair left behind was a bear doll, some opened snacks, women’s clothes and sneakers.

Apart from the funding drawn from LegCo, the pair will bear 80 percent of the legal cost of the judicial review that they lost against the SAR government. The legal costs the pair face are estimated to be between HK$2 million and HK$3 million.

The High Court judgment ruled that LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen is responsible for the other 20 percent of the legal costs, as the verdict accepted the Hong Kong government’s submission challenging Andrew Leung’s decision to re-administer the oath-taking for the two.

The judgment said that Andrew Leung had no power to arrange for the pair another chance to take the oaths.

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