Date
12 December 2017
Yau Wai-ching (left) and Sixtus Baggio Leung have filed an appeal application with the Court of Final Appeal, saying their case is of utmost importance. Photo: HKEJ
Yau Wai-ching (left) and Sixtus Baggio Leung have filed an appeal application with the Court of Final Appeal, saying their case is of utmost importance. Photo: HKEJ

Youngspiration duo seek Court of Final Appeal ruling

The Court of Final Appeal will decide on Friday whether or not to accept the application for appeal by two disqualified legislators from localist party Youngspiration.

Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Baggio Leung have handed in their appeal application, saying their case is of utmost public importance.

They hope that the Court of Final Appeal will clarify the principle that the Legislative Council should not be interfered with and that this policy should be extended to the oath-taking exercise.

The duo are also seeking to clarify whether the interpretation of the Basic Law by the National People’s Congress could disallow a second oath-taking, hk01.com reports.

Leung will be represented by Lord Pannick QC from the UK, one of the most highly regarded advocates. Yau has chosen respected barrister Gladys Veronica Li.

Yau and Leung won in the 2016 Legco election but were disqualified for improper oath-taking.

The two lost their appeal with the Court of Appeal and were ordered to pay court costs.

Even if they are allowed to pursue an appeal, the two have to each pay HK$400,000 as deposit before legal proceedings can continue.

If granted appeal, Yau and Leung will be heard by a collegial panel consisting of the chief justice, three permanent judges and one non-permanent judge from the Court of Final Appeal.

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