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Security law: top Hong Kong barrister raises concerns over 'executive interference' into judiciary

The Hong Kong Bar Association Vice-Chairperson Anita Yip has said plans to give the chief executive power to select judges to handle cases involving national security was “unheard of,” as she raised concerns over executive interference into the judiciary.

On Saturday, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported draft details of the looming Beijing-imposed national security law, which would punish acts deemed to constitute secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong.

Anita Yip. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

One of the proposed provisions most Hong Kong lawyers would find “difficult to accept” was the authority of the city’s leader to designate judges to try such cases, Yip said on RTHK’s City Forum on Sunday.

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