26 February 1999

Democratic Party Assails Political Pressure on Court of Final Appeal

Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee criticized the government for its motion of clarification in the right of abode cases and the Court of Final Appeal for entertaining it.  Mr. Lee spoke after the CFA responded to a Hong Kong government motion asking the court to elaborate on its January 29 decision.

Mr. Lee said:

 "The government's motion put undue political pressure on the Court of Final Appeal.  The court appears to have bowed to this pressure by taking an action which was unnecessary, and without merit or justification.  In fact, the parties to the case acknowledged at the hearing today that the January 29 judgment was clear and unambiguous.

A very bad precedent has been set.  The rule of law is diminished.  Nevertheless, the court has not changed its earlier judgment."


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