Date
20 October 2017
Legislator Junius Ho is again in the spotlight after "an inadvertent error" in his official profile raised questions about his qualifications as a solicitor.  Photo: HKEJ
Legislator Junius Ho is again in the spotlight after "an inadvertent error" in his official profile raised questions about his qualifications as a solicitor. Photo: HKEJ

Junius Ho apologizes for solicitor qualifications blunder

Legislator Junius Ho Kwan-yiu apologized for causing misunderstanding over what he described as an “inadvertent error” in his official curriculum vitae that led to questions over his qualifications as a solicitor, Apple Daily reports.

During the Legislative Council election, Ho had claimed in his campaign posters that he was a “practising member” in Singapore, England and Wales, but it was later revealed that he did not hold practising certificates in those jurisdictions.

The same claim appeared in his Chinese-language profile published on his personal website and the Legislative Council website.

Appearing on the TVB show Straight Talk on Tuesday night, Ho said he was not a practising member, although he had the right to practise. He said he was willing to apologize if the error caused any misunderstanding.

He also said sorry for his “poor choice of words” after he was roundly denounced for saying in a pro-establishment rally last weekend that they should “kill all the Hong Kong independence advocates without mercy”.

Civic Party member Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, who is a barrister, said on his Facebook page that whether or not Ho was willing to apologize, he would still have to take up the legal responsibility for his mistake.

Yeung raised the example of an old man who was jailed for four months after it was discovered that he had bought fake certificates to be a security guard. The guard committed the offense in order to make a living while refusing to apply for the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance.

“What does Ho have to say to the judge when even this 73-year-old man who is trying to make a living for himself by faking his age and certificate has to go to jail?” Yeung asked.

He also said Ho was “apologizing only after getting caught”, which does not appear to be sincere.

The Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union said in an open letter on Tuesday that they would write to The Law Society Of Singapore to complain about Ho’s fraudulent behavior in the past election, hoping that they would consider a penalty for his misconduct.

During the rally at Tamar Park on Sunday, rural leader Tsang Shu-wo called for the killing of advocates of Hong Kong independence, to which Ho shouted in response: “Without mercy!”

The pro-Beijing lawmaker later said: “If those who are pro-independence lead to the subversion of the fate of the country, why shouldn’t these people be killed?”

When Ho was asked about the issue on Tuesday, he appeared to have shifted the blame to Tsang without mentioning his name, claiming that he had used inappropriate language in the heat of the moment.

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