Date
22 October 2017
Leung Kwok-hung has hit out at the Justice Department, which is led by Rimsky Yuen (inset), for serving legal papers in a "mean and petty" fashion. Photos: Reuters, CNSA, Facebook/Leung Kwok Hung
Leung Kwok-hung has hit out at the Justice Department, which is led by Rimsky Yuen (inset), for serving legal papers in a "mean and petty" fashion. Photos: Reuters, CNSA, Facebook/Leung Kwok Hung

‘Long Hair’ slams govt over legal documents left at door

Radical lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung has accused the government of being mean and petty after he found some official documents served to him in an “inappropriate” manner. 

Leung said he was aghast at finding a letter and legal papers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) left outside his flat, with the envelopes tied to a grill on the door.

The League of Social Democrats lawmaker said he deems it inexcusable that important papers were left on the door without giving him any advance notification.

The documents, which pertain to a government bid to get the lawmaker disqualified from the Legislative Council, should have been hand-delivered, Leung said.

He pointed out that he has an office in the Legislative Council complex, and that the documents should have been delivered there, instead of leaving them outside his flat in a public housing estate.

Leung added that he suspects that by not delivering the letter to the Legco office, the DOJ may be sending a message that it does not recognize his status as a legislator.

Expressing outrage, the lawmaker posted a video clip on Facebook Tuesday that showed his front door at Kai Yip Estate in Kowloon Bay.

In the clip, Leung is heard saying that he returned home at 2 am to find envelopes from DOJ tied to the grill outside his door.

A nylon thread was used to secure the bundle on to the handle of the steel gate. The envelopes bore the DOJ chop and had the “By Hand” and “Confidential” markings.

He slammed the government for mishandling the delivery.

What if someone had taken away the papers from his door thinking that they were trash, he wondered.

Leung said it is not the first time the DOJ has done something like this. The department’s action is mean and childish, he said, also likening it to the “stingy” attitude displayed by Financial Secretary John Tsang this week.

At a Legco meeting on Monday, Tsang refused to take questions from Leung and three other pro-democracy lawmakers who are facing a legal challenge from the government with regard to their status.

The lawmakers are accused of not taking their oaths properly, putting them at the risk of disqualification.

The government’s move against the four comes after the Legislative Council Secretariat announced earlier that the seats of two radical lawmakers-elect — Youngspiration’s Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung — have fallen vacant following a court ruling on their disqualification.

Encouraged by the successful legal challenge against Yau and Sixtus Leung, the DOJ is believed to have made further requests to disqualify four more pro-democracy legislators, including “Long Hair”.

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