Hui disciplinary hearing on hold

Local | Phoenix Un 6 Jun 2018

Lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung has revealed that the Democratic Party has indefinitely postponed a disciplinary hearing until legal proceedings against him are concluded.

Police arrested Hui last month for snatching a civil servant's mobile phone outside a meeting room at the Legislative Council on April 24.

The incident took place while the co-location bills committee was holding a meeting and calling for a quorum.

He was held for four offenses - common assault, dishonest use of a computer, obstructing a public officer from carrying out his duty and criminal damage.

He reported to the police yesterday, and continues to be out on bail of HK$8,000.

Hui said he met with police for about 15 to 20 minutes during which he was pressed for details about the incident. He said police ordered him to report back next month.

Hui also said the Democratic Party Disciplinary Committee had suspended a probe on him.

"The Disciplinary Committee has confirmed that the investigation will be postponed indefinitely until all judiciary proceedings are finished. Thus, no disciplinary hearings are ongoing," Hui said.

Legco had approved handing a censure motion against Hui, sponsored by New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, to a probe committee last month.

Once the committee submits a report to the council, a vote will be taken. If two-thirds of legislators present agree to censure him, Hui could lose his seat.

"I never considered this problem, and since there is an established procedure, I'll respect it and let it run," Hui said.

This marks the second censure against a lawmaker in the current Legco term after Civic Passion's Cheng Chung-tai inverted the national and SAR flags in the chamber.

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