Date
17 October 2017
Ambrose Lam says political forces 'played a key role' in the no-confidence motion that eventually led to his resignation as Hong Kong Law Society president. Photo: HKEJ
Ambrose Lam says political forces 'played a key role' in the no-confidence motion that eventually led to his resignation as Hong Kong Law Society president. Photo: HKEJ

Ambrose Lam says ‘political forces’ behind no-confidence vote

Former Law Society president Ambrose Lam San-keung has alleged that some political forces were behind the no-confidence vote that forced him to step down from his post earlier this month, Global Times reported Tuesday.

“Choi Ka-ling is one of the active organizers of the motion, and she is a core member of Anson Chan Fang On-sang’s election campaign for legislator. And another solicitor, Kevin Yam Kin-fung, has joined forces with Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying and Martin Lee Chu-ming,” Lam told the newspaper in an interview.

“Therefore, I believe political forces have played a key role in the issue.” 

In addition, he noted that Apple Daily gave coverage to Civic Party lawmaker Audrey Eu Yuet-mee on extraordinary general meeting of the society. That convinced him that “there is someone behind the scene”, he was quoted as saying.

Law Society of Hong Kong members passed a motion of no confidence earlier this month on Lam, with 2,392 votes supporting the motion and 1,478 votes against.

Lam said he had resigned for the sake of “unifying the Law Society”.

“The motion of no confidence has no legal effect, and nearly 5,000 members did not participate in the vote given that we have over 9,000 members. In order to fire the president, it usually requires over 75 percent vote,” he noted.

Questioned about graft allegations, Lam said all information on the society’s accounts and the tenancy agreement had been reviewed by the board. 

“I have done nothing wrong,” he said. “I opened up all the account books.”

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