Carrie Lam Appoints Pro-CCP Judge as Chief Justice, tightening grip over freedom in HK

Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Mar 24 the appointment of Andrew Cheung as the next Chief Justice. The current chief Geoffrey Ma will retire in January 2021.

According to sources from the legal sector, Cheung had overseen a number of controversial appeals, including the oath of office saga where elected lawmakers were ousted from the Legislative Council.

Cheung claimed in his ruling that the Basic Law has the highest legal status and can take precedence over the city’s legislature. By adopting directly the interpretation of PRC’s National People’s Congress, Cheung simply rejected the appeals to the cases.

During the 2014 Umbrella Movement, Cheung approved the injunction orders in Mongkok and rejected appeals from citizens. He disagreed with civil disobedience.

Many fear that Cheung’s pro-Beijing stance will make Hong Kong’s court more conservative.

Source: Stand News

Contributor: GM02

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