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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Judiciary today clarified a misquote in a media report dated November 26 published by the Stand News.

It pointed out that the quote from the Stand News, said to be taken from a report by the Financial Times of a remark allegedly made by Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma on the National Security Law is untrue and wrong.

The Judiciary noted that Mr Ma has not spoken or made any comments on the National Security Law, nor has he said anything about its impact on the relevant provisions of the Basic Law or the appointment of judges. 

As regards another quote from the Chief Justice on separation of powers in the original Financial Times report, it should be pointed out that he was referring to judicial independence under the Basic Law when he made the relevant remark in his speech at the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year 2014. No reference was made in that speech to the position on the Mainland. 

The Judiciary added that as set out in Mr Ma’s statement dated September 23, there are clear provisions on judicial independence under the Basic Law.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News