From his role as security chief during the 2019 protests and unrest, to his promotion to the city’s No. 2 position, ex-police officer John Lee finally rose to the top, becoming chief executive on July 1, 2022.
“In so far as public perception is concerned, we believe that it will be conducive to the administration of justice and the rule of law,” Victor Dawes, who was re-elected as chairperson of the Hong Kong Bar Association on Thursday, said.
The decision was made after considering a number of factors, including a “sturdy” level of hybrid immunity in society, as well as the lowered risk imposed to public health by the virus, said Chief Executive John Lee.
Hong Kong’s leader said he hoped “every problem will be solved” relating to the pandemic during the first quarter of 2023, though he gave no specific timetable on the compulsory mask order.
Beijing’s first interpretation of the national security law confirmed that authority over whether foreign lawyers could be hired for national security cases lay with the chief executive and a powerful committee. Here’s how we got here, and what it might mean for future trials.
New security law guidelines for teachers, a legal decision from Beijing empowering Hong Kong to bar foreign lawyers from security law trials, and VPNs disappear from Apple’s app store.