Carrie Lam takes issue with Germany over bail jumpers' asylum
Friday, May 24, 2019
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, has told Germany's Acting Consul General in Hong Kong, David Schmidt, that she strongly objects to, and deeply regrets, the reported granting of asylum to two Hong Kong residents who jumped bail to flee Hong Kong while awaiting trial on serious charges.
"In particular, independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication is guaranteed under the Basic Law. Relevant provisions in the Basic Law also provide for the invitation of judges from other common law jurisdictions to sit on the Court of Final Appeal.''
She said that 14 eminent overseas judges from the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada currently sit on our Court of Final Appeal as non-permanent judges, which in itself is a testimony to the integrity of Hong Kong's rule of law and independent judiciary.
That judicial system is fully practised and has been well respected for over 20 years since the establishment of the HKSAR.
For example, she noted, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report ranks Hong Kong first in Asia for judicial independence.
She expressed deep regret and strong objection to the reported granting of asylum to the two bail jumpers by Germany, which had unjustifiably undermined Hong Kong’s international reputation in the rule of law and judicial independence.
Given Germany's long-standing diplomatic presence in Hong Kong, such facts, which were on the public record and easily available, should have been duly taken into account by German authorities in determining the truth and voracity of any asylum claim.
Carrie Lam said she was dismayed that apparently such a basic assessment of facts had not been made.