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Hong Kong: Lawmakers debate overseas implications of national security law03:37

Hong Kong: Lawmakers debate overseas implications of national security law

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
July 7, 2020 at 16:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Lawmakers held a heated debate over the enforcement of the new national security law in Hong Kong, on Tuesday, discussing cases where offences are committed overseas.

Accountancy Functional Constituency Lawmaker Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong questioned Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah about the enforcement of the parts of the bill which cover offences committed by Hong Kong residents, organisations and companies while abroad.

"If you are going to enforce it, what are the effects? Are you going to, say, have a wanted list of people who have offended or committed an offence under the law and when they come to Hong Kong you're going to apprehend them, or are you sending your people to a particular jurisdiction to get these people under our jurisdiction?" he asked.

"In so far as article 38 is concerned, the deal with foreigners committing certain acts that would violate the national security law that we are looking at here in a foreign place. In so far as these people are concerned, it is perfectly legitimate for any nation in the world to legislate against such acts," the justice secretary replied.

During a press conference, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said, "In regard to taking down messages on the internet which may cause the occurrence of offences in relation to national security this also is a practice that has been done in a lot of overseas countries when they have powers to take down messages in the public interest or in relation to various offences."

The law passed last Tuesday afternoon will see the opening of an office in charge of criminal cases related to national security in Hong Kong, to target subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces seeking to interfere with the HKSAR's affairs.

Hong Kong: Lawmakers debate overseas implications of national security law03:37
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Lawmakers held a heated debate over the enforcement of the new national security law in Hong Kong, on Tuesday, discussing cases where offences are committed overseas.

Accountancy Functional Constituency Lawmaker Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong questioned Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah about the enforcement of the parts of the bill which cover offences committed by Hong Kong residents, organisations and companies while abroad.

"If you are going to enforce it, what are the effects? Are you going to, say, have a wanted list of people who have offended or committed an offence under the law and when they come to Hong Kong you're going to apprehend them, or are you sending your people to a particular jurisdiction to get these people under our jurisdiction?" he asked.

"In so far as article 38 is concerned, the deal with foreigners committing certain acts that would violate the national security law that we are looking at here in a foreign place. In so far as these people are concerned, it is perfectly legitimate for any nation in the world to legislate against such acts," the justice secretary replied.

During a press conference, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said, "In regard to taking down messages on the internet which may cause the occurrence of offences in relation to national security this also is a practice that has been done in a lot of overseas countries when they have powers to take down messages in the public interest or in relation to various offences."

The law passed last Tuesday afternoon will see the opening of an office in charge of criminal cases related to national security in Hong Kong, to target subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign or external forces seeking to interfere with the HKSAR's affairs.

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