Junius Ho pulls back from kill remark

Top News | Sum Lok-kei 26 Sep 2017

Pro-Beijing lawmaker and lawyer Junius Ho Kwan-yiu has backed down slightly after a week's insistence that a call to "kill without mercy" was an innocent remark directed at advocates of Hong Kong independence.

He has been berated from almost all sides since he spat "without mercy" into his microphone on stage during a rally against University of Hong Kong legal scholar Benny Tai Yiu-ting for advocating independence.

On TVB's Straight Talk program to be aired tonight he refused to take full responsibility for the comment, saying the word "kill" had been uttered by his guest, rural leader Tsang Shu-wo, before a crowd of 2,100 pro-Beijing supporters.

Tsang had said that all Hong Kong independence advocates "must be killed."

Ho, who was on stage with Tsang, finished the rural leader's sentence by saying "without mercy."

Ho said: "I went along with it because I knew full well that it was not Tsang's intention to agitate people."

With the benefit of hindsight, Ho admitted it was "a wrong choice of words," but did not say if he regretted using them.

It was an impromptu remark that came out in the heat of the moment, he added.

He also said the same standard should be employed by the pan-democrats when it comes to abusive language as Ho claimed he had been attacked on the internet with "abusive and life- threatening remarks."

Those who criticized him were trying to shift the focus away from the theme of his rally, which was to demand for the dismissal of Tai, Ho said.

HKU council chairman Arthur Li Kwok-cheung has said Tai did not go against the university's regulations, as the associate professor did not call on students to join the Occupy protests during lectures.

Ho, however, said that a teacher's conduct outside class was also important and maintained that Tai should be sacked.

This week, Ho's titles that were listed on websites - that he was a practicing solicitor in Britain, Wales and Singapore - were also challenged.

On the same televised program, Ho apologized for causing misunderstanding. He said it was a translation error and the mistake was unintended.

Meanwhile, a judicial review challenging Ho's seat in the Legislative Council has been filed by Kwok Cheuk- kin, who is dubbed "King of JR" for his numerous submissions.

Kwok alleges that Ho misrepresented himself during the Legco election last year by claiming to be a practicing solicitor in foreign countries.

Now that the claim had been debunked, Kwok said Ho should be ejected from his seat.

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