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Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 18:51

Separatist lawmaker charged for flag-defiling


HONG KONG – Radical localist lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai is charged with desecrating the national and regional flags over flipping the flags upside down in the Legislative Council chamber in October, 2016.

The Eastern Court will hear Cheng’s case next Tuesday. Cheng allegedly turned the national and regional flags upside down during a Legislative Council session on Oct 19.

LegCo has subsequently formed an investigation committee to look into the issue after Cheng’s behavior incited concern and condemnation from other lawmakers.

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Cheng is liable to a fine and imprisonment of three years for the violation of the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance and Regional Flag and Regional Emblem Ordinance. The law stipulates that any person who desecrates the national or regional flag and emblem by publicly and willfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on them commits an offense.

Once convicted, Cheng might face disqualification of his legislative councilor seat if sentenced to more than one month imprison. According to the Basic Law, such disqualification would occur if two-thirds of the legislators approved the motion of disqualification.

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