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Thursday, November 17, 2016, 19:42

Appeal of disqualified LegCo pair to be heard next week

By chinadailyasia.com

Appeal of disqualified LegCo pair to be heard next week
Yau Wai-ching a nd Sixtus Leung Chu ng-hang meets the press on Nov 15, 2016. (Provided to China Daily)

Court of Appeal is set to hear an appeal application next Thursday to challenge a lower court’s decision that disqualified the two separatist lawmakers-elect who tampered with the statutory oaths and insulted the nation during their swearing-in.

The High Court handed down the ruling on Nov 15 to disqualify lawmakers-elect Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung-hang

The High Court handed down the ruling on Nov 15 to disqualify Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung-hang amid widespread public indignation at the pair’s behavior. The verdict said the two “did not truthfully and faithfully intend to commit themselves” to uphold and abide by the Basic Law as the oath states, and their conduct clearly confirmed that they declined to take the oaths stipulated by law.

Together with the application for appeal, the pair also submitted on Thursday the application for a stay of execution of the lower court’s decision to vacate their seats as members of the Legislative Council.

In an urgent hearing at the Court of Appeal Thursday afternoon, the counsel representing LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen said the legislature will not publish the vacancies in the gazette before next Friday (Nov 25) as the Court of Appeal is already scheduled to hear the case on Nov 24.

Yau and Leung Chung-hang subsequently withdrew the application for stay of execution of the High Court’s decision to vacate their seats as LegCo members.

The public outcry arose when the duo referred to China as “Shina”, an insulting term used by Japanese militarists during World War II, and advocated separatism by presenting a banner proclaiming “Hong Kong is not China” during their swearing-in ceremony on Oct 12. Both refused to apologize despite continuous criticism from the local community and Chinese around the world.

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