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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said Hong Kong’s legal system is as robust as ever under the National Security Law.
Mrs Lam made the remarks at a media session ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning when asked about the resignation of Justice Spigelman from the Court of Final Appeal (CFA).
She explained that Mr Spigelman did not mention any reason for leaving in his resignation letter and stressed that under the Basic Law, judges from other common law jurisdictions are welcome to sit on the CFA.
“Right now, we have 13 of such very eminent judges from the common law jurisdictions and I’m sure Hong Kong will continue to benefit from their wise counsel and their expertise in adjudicating cases.”
Responding to reports that said Mr Spigelman resigned due to the enactment of the National Security Law, Mrs Lam said the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been addressing concerns about the law.
“You mentioned about the sort of perception and the damage on the international arena. I wouldn’t say that we have not experienced that sort of situation since the enactment of the National Security Law which was brought into effect in Hong Kong on June 30.
“We have gone all out to explain to international organisations as well as our interlocutors in various places through our network of economic and trade offices that the legal system is as robust as ever under the National Security Law, that judicial independence is not undermined in any way, that Hong Kong now restores law and order which makes Hong Kong an even more attractive place for doing business rather than the contrary as some have misrepresented the Hong Kong situation.”