Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Limited Options

Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung don't have many legal options left to pursue
It's almost game over for Youngspiration localists Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching.

The Court of Appeal this morning upheld the previous ruling that disqualified them from office for saying derogatory terms for China when they said their oaths, along with having banners that read "Hong Kong is not China".

Will they go to the Court of Final Appeal?
The three judges unanimously confirmed Beijing's interpretation of the Basic Law earlier this month.

"There can be no innocent explanation for what they uttered and did," the ruling said. "What has been done was done deliberately and intentionally."

Originally the pair were prepared to present their case to the Court of Final Appeal, but Leung is now concerned that the case might bring up further interpretations of the Basic Law that could further damage the system.

"It boils down to whether [seeking] the rule of law and justice or the stability of a system is more important," he said.

He said they were also concerned about the cost of mounting such a case, estimating it would be in the seven-figure range.

The ruling is a political win for both Hong Kong and China governments, who have stepped up rhetoric against independence in the city even though the numbers are actually quite small.

And now the Hong Kong government is looking to legally unseat another localist Lau Siu-lai, who paused six seconds between each word when she took her oath, and later explained on Facebook that the pauses were meant to negate it.

Lawmaker Lau Siu-lai is the next target of the government
The government is obviously taking out its big guns to not only intimidate, but also clamp down on any kind of dissent -- which is very unlike Hong Kong. It has always had its critics, but differences were respected.

However, that doesn't seem to be happening anymore, particularly when some lawmakers do not seem to be taking their jobs seriously.

Lau's case will be interesting, as she was allowed to retake her oath successfully by Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, though he too is named in the suit.

Does the man not have any powers at all?


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