Date
30 March 2017
Alan Hoo (inset) says the Hong Kong Kong National Party is a danger to national security and should be investigated. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ
Alan Hoo (inset) says the Hong Kong Kong National Party is a danger to national security and should be investigated. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

DOJ urged to investigate new pro-independence party

A prominent barrister wants the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), saying it is a danger to national security.

Alan Hoo, who is also a member of the Basic Law Institute, said the DOJ should determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute its members, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

He said HKNP supporters have ramped up their separatist and pro-independence activities, citing the 2014 pro-democracy protests and the Feb. 8 Mong Kok clashes which were blamed on localist groups.

HKNP’s formation might have broken the law and might have exceeded freedom of speech guarantees, Hoo said.

Also, Hoo is urging the government to enact a national security law under Article 23 of the Hong Kong mini constitution.

He is working with fellow deputies to China’s highest political consultative body to persuade the central authorities to back a standalone legislation over a planned supplement to the Basic Law.

Hoo, Lau Siu-kai and Wang Guiguo have been pressing the Hong Kong and Beijing governments to reintroduce the proposal which has been mothballed since 2003 after widespread protests.

However, Wang Zhenmin, legal chief of the central government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, said Hong Kong laws are adequate to deal with national security issues.

Lau, who is also vice chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said the proposal is timely in the face of a growing pro-independence movement in Hong Kong.

However, he said any such legislation will not be passed for another two years.

HKNP convenor Chan Ho-tin said independence is the only way to ensure Hong Kong’s democractic development.

“It is impossible to beg for democracy from the communists,” he said.

The DOJ refused to comment on HKNP but said it will take steps if necessary.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China.

He said China’s pledge to leave Hong Kong unchanged for 50 years from 1997 refers to its capitalist system and way of life.

Chinese sovereignty is a separate matter, he said.

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