Law specifies observing rule of law principles, Teresa Cheng saysLocal | 30 Jun 2020 8:18 pm
The national security law specifies that Hong Kong should observe the important principles of the rule of law, including the presumption of innocence, the rights of defense and the rule against double jeopardy, the Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, said.
In a statement, she said welcomed the passage of the law.
She said the law also clearly states that Hong Kong should protect the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents in accordance with law.
“The national security law is targeted at the criminal acts of secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security. It provides clear rules and legal basis for preventing, curbing and punishing those who breach the law to endanger national security, and is conducive to safeguarding national security,'' Cheng said.
The statement said that as one of the members of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security to be chaired by the Chief Executive, Cheng “is committed to assisting in formulating policies and implementing the relevant legal syste
A dedicated unit of the Department of Justice has been established to handle prosecutions and related legal matters on national security in accordance with law, Cheng said.