Lawmaker faces Legco raid probe

Local | Cindy Wan 13 Dec 2019

Cindy Wan

An investigation committee will be set up following a motion to censure lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai after he live-streamed the structure of the Legislative Council before its July 1 siege by protesters.

A similar committee will be set up to probe the Democratic Party's Lam Cheuk-ting, who was accused of inciting violence during the Yuen Long attacks on July 21 - by daring armed gangsters who assaulted commuters and protesters not to leave the MTR station.

The motion against Lam was tabled by lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu , who read out a transcript of what transpired between Lam and the assailants captured in a video.

In a controversial move, Ho read out abbreviations of Cantonese foul language contained in the conversation inside the chamber, such as "DKLM".

This comes a day after the pro-democracy camp moved a similar motion against Ho following allegations of his connection with the Yuen Long attack triads on July 21.

The New People's Party's Eunice Yung Hoi-yan tabled the censure motion against Cheng, accusing him of helping protesters enter Legco illegally with a Facebook livestream of its layout and police presence.

If the motion is passed by two thirds of members present, Cheng could lose his seat.

He was arrested on August 30 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage and bailed the next day pending investigation. He has not been charged.

Pro-democracy lawmakers defended Cheng, with the Civic Party's Kwok Ka-ki questioning whether it was fair to move a motion to censure Cheng when his case had not gone through legal procedures.

Au Nok-hin said the pro-government camp "has convicted Cheng even before the court has a judgment."

But Ho slammed the pan-democrats, accusing them of double standards for their opposition to censuring convicted lawmakers Bottle Shiu Ka-chun and Tanya Chan.

People Power's Raymond Chan Chi-chuen moved a counter-motion in hopes of stopping the council proceeding with the censure, but was unsuccessful.

A similar probe will be started into Ho after Kwok and Claudia Mo Man-ching moved censure motions against him on Wednesday.

While Kwok moved to censure Ho for allegedly being involved in the Yuen Long attacks on July 21, Mo accused Ho of making inappropriate sexual and racial comments against her during a house committee meeting on October 15.

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