Elsie Leung sees no need for retrospective law on anthem

Local | 15 Nov 2017 11:48 am

Former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-see, said today that she does not believe further booing of the national anthem at Hong Kong football matches would make it necessary for the future anthem law to have a retrospective effect.

On Sunday, she had said that Legco could consider making the law apply retroactively if there are further incidents of the anthem being disrespected. 

But speaking a day after some football fans again booed the anthem (fans last night), at a match, Leung said: "I don't think such behaviour would cause substantial damage for the legislation to have retrospective effect." 

The former minister reiterated that criminal laws can have retrospective effect, but said she does not wish to see things ramped up to that degree.

Some law experts, including former director of public prosecutions Grenville Cross, have disputed the claim that criminal laws can be made retrospective, saying such a move would be unconstitutional. 

Leung, who is also the vice-chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee under the National People’s Congress, also criticised two pro-independence student groups which handed out flyers and stickers on Tuesday at some schools and MTR stations.

Leung said such action clearly violates the Basic Law as it clearly states that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China. She said education is one solution to this problem.-RTHK; Photo: Sing Tao

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