National security law included in Basic Law Annex IIILocal | 30 Jun 2020 5:06 pm
China’s legislature has agreed this afternoon to list the national security law for Hong Kong into the Basic Law Annex III, according to state media Xinhua.
The National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed the draft law this morning, and consulted the Basic Law Committee in an afternoon session.
After listing the law in Annex III of the Basic Law, the law can take effect in Hong Kong as a national law after promulgation by the SAR government.
In Hong Kong, Michael Tien Puk-sun, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said the law will not be retrospective, and there will be jurors at national security trials. He made the comment after meeting with Beijing officials this afternoon.
The lawmaker said: “If a jury is not appropriate to hear the national security case, there will be three judges to preside over the case.”
The Central Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong met with Hong Kong deputies to the NPC, as well as Hong Kong members of the CPPCC this afternoon.
Henry Tang Ying-yen, a member of the CPPCC standing committee said details will be released tonight, as he called on citizens to read the law thoroughly.