Date
20 January 2017
The chop on Claudia Mo’s documents (top left) is accompanied with an official signature and a clear pressed seal but the one on Andrew Leung’s documents (bottom left) doesn’t have them. Photos: HKEJ, Jacky Lim
The chop on Claudia Mo’s documents (top left) is accompanied with an official signature and a clear pressed seal but the one on Andrew Leung’s documents (bottom left) doesn’t have them. Photos: HKEJ, Jacky Lim

Britain’s Home Office declines to comment on Andrew Leung’s case

Britain’s Home Office declines to comment on challenges against newly elected Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen over his application to renounce his British citizenship.

“We do not comment on individual cases. But we can confirm that a person who renounces British citizenship loses any claim to right of abode and becomes subject to immigration control unless they are a Commonwealth citizen,” said a spokesperson of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The spokesperson told EJ Insight that “renunciation applications are solely handled by the Home Office”, which is responsible for immigration, security, and law and order.

Doubts about the authenticity of Leung’s documents were raised by current affairs commentator Jacky Lim on his blog on Saturday.

Lim compared Leung’s documents with those presented by lawmaker Claudia Mo to renounce her British citizenship in 2008, and said Leung’s documents do not include a signature and pressed seal on the Home Office’s chop.

He also said the font of the chop is irregular and rough.

Lim, who claims to be an expert on the format of commercial contracts, said he suspects the chop was not made by an official Home Office stamp but by an ordinary stamp for office use.

He said if Leung’s documents are proven fake, he may have violated the law against using a false instrument which is punishable by a jail term of up to 14 years.

Leung, who was elected Legco president on Oct. 12, said he applied to the Home Office to renounce his British citizenship on Sept. 22 and received a confirmation on Sept. 30.

He said any challenge against the authenticity of his documents is serious, adding that challengers can file a complaint to the Legco or go to court for a judicial review.

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