Pan-democratic lawmakers charged for Legco chaos

Local | 9 Nov 2019 2:49 pm

Three pan-democratic lawmakers will appear in court on Monday after being charged for violating the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance at the Bills Committee in May, where both camps held their own meetings to vet the now-shelved Fugitive Bill.

Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, Raymond Chan Chi-chuen and Au Nok-hin were charged for assaulting or obstructing another legislator from executing his or her duties – a breach of Article 19 of Legco's Powers and Privileges Ordinance.

Other arrested lawmakers include Lam Cheuk-ting, Gary Fan Kwok-wai, Leung Yiu-chung and Kwok Ka-ki, where they were accused of assaulting or obstructing another legislator from executing his or her duties.

The pan-democrats responded this morning that the government is adding oil to the fire given the current situation, in hopes of postponing or cancelling the upcoming district council election on November 24.

Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, also gave his side of the story on a radio program this morning, saying that the government would try their very best to hold the district council election as scheduled, and the arrests are not associated with the election.

Among those being arrested, some of them are candidates of the upcoming district election, Eddie Chu Hoi-dick is up against Lai Wing-tim and Jo Chui Cheuk-yin in Pat Heung South, Lam Cheuk-ting's opponents are Clarence Ronald Leung Kam-shing and Hung Wing-yip in Shek Wu Hui. And in the Kwai Fong constituency, other candidates competing with Leung Yiu-chung are Lam Ying-wai and Tsang Tsz-lun. Candidates competing with Gary Fan Kwok-wai includes Lau Chi-shing, Tai Cheuk-yin and Yeung Chung.

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