Date
25 March 2017
Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching (right) have received the go-ahead from the High Court to retake their oath of office as legislators-elect. Photo: RTHK
Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching (right) have received the go-ahead from the High Court to retake their oath of office as legislators-elect. Photo: RTHK

High Court rules against injunction on Legco oaths

Hong Kong’s High Court has cleared the way for two legislators-elect to retake their oath of office.

RTHK reports that the court has decided against an injunction that would have prevented Younspiration’s Sixtus Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching from reciting the oath again.

The two did not take the oath properly at last Wednesday’s Legco swearing-in ceremony and also used a word deemed insulting to China.

Justice Thomas Au granted leave for lawyers for the Chief Executive and the Secretary for Justice to file a judicial review of Legislative Council President Andrew Leung’s decision to allow them to retake the oaths, according to RTHK.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen launched the legal challenge on Tuesday against Andrew Leung’s decision.

Lawyers for the Legco president had argued against the judicial review application.

Andrew Leung ruled that the oaths taken by five lawmakers last Wednesday were not valid because they changed the wording or were not solemn enough.

But he agreed to give all of them a second chance on Wednesday morning — if they make written requests to be sworn in again.

Last Wednesday, Baggio Leung and Yau created a storm when they unfurled a banner that said “Hong Kong is not China”.

Also, Baggio Leung pronounced China “Chee-na’” a derogatory term used by the Japanese during the war.

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