The Hong Kong prosecutor told the Judicial Review: “There is no right to trial”
The Hong Kong Ministry of Justice said in a statement that under the strict national security laws imposed by the ruling CCP on the city, Hong Kong residents have no right to conduct jury trials. on Monday.
Prosecutors filed charges of “terrorism” and “inciting secession” against 24-year-old Tong Ying-kit (Tong Ying-kit) after hoisting a protest flag on the day the law came into effect, saying that Hong Kong defendants have no constitution or basic rights to be tried by a jury.
The prosecutor said at a judicial review hearing filed by Tong’s defense team that Tong will not be tried by jury because of the procedural unfairness of the case against Tong.
Senior legal counsel Philip Dykes argued that under the city’s micro-constitution, the Basic Law, the refusal to pass the jury’s decision is unconstitutional.
Article 86 of the Basic Law stipulates that after the transfer to China in 1997, “the principle of jury trial originally implemented in Hong Kong shall be maintained.”
Dykes said in court: “Trials by juries help ensure the independence and quality of judges…by ensuring that they (rather than judges appointed by the Chief Executive) actually render verdicts on prosecutions brought by the government,”
He said: “The trial of the corpse may give defendants some protection from laws that they consider harsh or oppressive.
“Subversion” costs for the primary election
The National Security Law once made China’s worried national security police set up a headquarters in Hong Kong to monitor “serious” cases, but it was widely criticized by the government, human rights organizations and lawyers, believing that this is a violation of Hong Kong’s traditional freedom of speech, freedom of association and human rights violations. Violations. Political Participation.
In December last year, 27 opposition politicians and democratic activists were arrested for holding subversive democratic principles on charges of their democratic primaries aiming to maximize their chances of winning seats in the Legislative Council.
The authorities responded by postponing the election and arresting those who participated in the primary election.
One of the arrested Andrew Wan (Andrew Wan) resigned from his seat in the District Council. on Monday.
Wen Jiabao said on social media: “In addition to the law and order allegations, I also face nine other allegations that were abused by the authorities.” “And I was paid off, and there is actually no way to continue to serve as a member of Parliament.
In recent months, at least 15 other district councillors have resigned for various reasons. Some protested against the pledge of loyalty to the CCP, while others protested against the ever-increasing attacks on peaceful protests and political participation under the new law.
The Legislative Council is expected to on Wednesday Radio Hong Kong reported that officials from China and Hong Kong expressed the meaning of “abiding by the Basic Law” and “loyal to the SAR”. This is a word of loyalty to Beijing by officials from China and Hong Kong. on Monday.
Those who do not meet the requirements will be dismissed.
Tiananmen Mother Memorial Hall
At the same time, members of the Hong Kong Support Coalition of the Chinese Patriotic Democratic Movement gathered in Mong Kok. on SundayCall on the public to express their solidarity with the Tiananmen Mother Victims Organization and pledge to hold an annual candlelight vigil in Victoria Park to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. June 4.
The vice chairman of the alliance Zhou Hengtong said that the organization has submitted an application to the police to hold a rally, but has not yet received a reply.
The Correase and Cultural Services Department (Correase and Cultural Services Department) is responsible for the football field where the rally is usually held, citing coronavirus concerns.
Zhou Xiaochuan’s move came after the district court sentenced pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and three opposition members of the city council to participate in last year’s vigil for ignoring the police ban.
Huang was sentenced to 10 months in prison May 6, And district councillor Lester Shum was sentenced to six months in prison. Tiffany Yuen (Tiffany Yuen) and Jannelle Leung (Liang Jinxiu) were each sentenced to four months in prison.
All four admitted to participating in the candlelight vigil last year. Although the authorities banned the event, thousands of people in Victoria Park participated in the vigil, ostensibly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Huang, Shen and Yuan were also accused of violating national security laws after participating in democratic primary elections.
Gigi Lee, Dean Lee and Yunnan Chen report on RFA’s Cantonese service. Translation and editing by Luisetta Mudie.