The Justice Secretary reports two of the overseas wanted eight, Dennis Kwok and Kevin Yam, to their respective law bodies for professional misconduct…
Mr Lam said, “They made use of their professional capacity as a Hong Kong barrister and a Hong Kong solicitor to lend perceived credibility and authority to their smearing of Hong Kong’s judicial system and rule of law, and made slanderous remarks against Hong Kong judges and prosecutors. They advocated and supported foreign ‘sanctions’ against China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), in particular judicial officers and prosecutors of the HKSAR. Their acts are respectively in breach of the code of conduct of a barrister and of a solicitor, and are most inappropriate. These acts have undermined the judicial system and overall interests of the HKSAR. As the guardian of public interest in the proper administration of justice and upholding the rule of law, I am duty-bound to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law and due administration of justice.”
Mr Lam pointed out that as members of the local legal profession, they have not only made false accusations to attack Hong Kong’s judicial system, but also went further. Mr Kwok called for undermining Hong Kong’s financial system and attempted to interfere with the judges’ hearing of national security cases in accordance with the law. Mr Yam even advocated and supported “sanctions” against judges and prosecutors, and further threatened to “sanction” their family members. These acts clearly trampled on justice and harmed the interests of HKSAR residents. They are absolutely unacceptable.
Whence their ‘perceived credibility and authority’?
Presumably, the Bar and Law Society will now have to go through a big performance of investigating and disciplining the two.
Yet the slanderous remarks go on. From the Melbourne Herald Sun, a Senator calls for Australian judges to leave Hong Kong posts…
“No doubt they have already reflected on the risks and value of their continued service in the Hong Kong justice system,” [Senator James Paterson] said.“However, following the issuing of bounties on the heads of an Australian citizen and [Kevin Yam] resident, I urge them to carefully reconsider.’…’
“These bounties are yet more evidence that the Hong Kong justice system is no longer free and fair or independent of the Chinese Communist Party,’’ he said.
Does putting a HK$1 million reward out on people for bringing Hong Kong’s legal system into disrepute further bring Hong Kong’s legal system into disrepute?