Activists slam decision not to prosecute Leung

Local | Phoenix Un 17 Dec 2018

More than 100 activists yesterday protested against the decision of the Department of Justice not to prosecute former chief executive Leung Chun-ying.

Marching to the department's headquarters in Central, the protesters said secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah should provide an explanation at the Legislative Council.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption said last Wednesday that it has been told by the DoJ that there was insufficient evidence to support a reasonable prospect of Leung's conviction for alleged misdeed in connection with the HK$50 million that he received from Australian firm UGL.

The department issued on the same day a one-page statement, explaining the reasons behind the legal advice that it gave.

Cheng has not explained the matter in person ever since.

Protesters from the Democratic Party, Civic Party, League of Social Democrats, Labour Party, Demosisto and People Power, marched from the HSBC headquarters in Central to Justice Place.

Led by ousted legislator "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, protesters chanted "Pursue 689 [CY Leung's nickname], hold secretary Cheng accountable."

Democrat Lam Cheuk-ting, who instigated the "Wolf-hunting" campaign to seek evidence against CY Leung, said the one-page explanation was unsatisfactory.

When the DoJ decided not to prosecute executive councilor Franklin Lam Fan-keung who allegedly sold flats owned by his firms before the government announced new stamp duties, the DoJ came up with five pages of explanation, the Democrat said.

"The DoJ pursued legislators with an iron fist, but they let CY Leung go," Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong Chi-fung said.

Exco Convener Bernard Chan said Cheng should explain why evidence against CY Leung was inadequate to establish the offenses of corruption or misconduct in public service.

"With the public's concern, she should explain so people won't have the impression that the person [CY Leung] was treated differently because he was [a former] CE," Chan said.

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