A potential sign Cheng is leaving Peak residence

Top News | Amy Nip 13 Dec 2019

Amy Nip

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah has declared a new private property for self-occupation, a possible indication that she is moving out of her official residence on The Peak.

According to the Executive Council's register of members' interests, Cheng declared the property - owned by husband Otto Poon Lok-to and located in Central and Western District - after returning to Hong Kong from Beijing on December 3.

The Department of Justice said Cheng made the proper declaration in accordance with procedure.

"The residence of the secretary for justice can be used for official events when necessary," a spokesperson said.

The department did not comment on whether Cheng had moved out of her official residence on 19 Severn Road, The Peak.

Last month, Cheng headed to London to promote Hong Kong as a center for dispute resolution. She fell to the ground as she was surrounded by a group of 30 protesters on November 14.

The fall caused a fracture and partial dislocation of one of her wrists, with Cheng undergoing surgery in Britain and further treatment in China.

Asked why she did not immediately return to Hong Kong after the injury, Cheng said the Chinese embassy in Britain arranged for her to receive treatment in Beijing.

"After the incident, the embassy helped me arrange hospitalization and the return trip back to China," she said. "I saw the importance of having [the full support of] my country it made me relieved and confident."

She said the central government expressed its care through various channels.

Meanwhile, Cheng said she would not comment on the foreign experts' panel stepping aside from investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Council.

However, she added that a previous investigation into a short-piling case in the Yuen Chau Kok Home Ownership Scheme saw witnesses agree to testify at the request of the investigation panel - despite its lack of power to summon witnesses.

Cheng added that she could not reveal anything regarding whether an independent review committee assessing the root causes of the unrest would come with investigative powers.

"The government is listening to different views, and the chief executive will make the final decision," she said.


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