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Pro-establishment Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said the cases of two opposition activists, Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Agnes Chow Ting, would determine whether more laws need to be passed to close loopholes in the national security law that Beijing imposed this year.Wong, 24, and Chow, 23, were remanded in custody at West Kowloon Court on Monday after pleading guilty over their roles in a 15-hour siege of Hong Kong’s police headquarters during the anti-government protests last year.But they may not serve time after court proceedings are finalised, Ip said in an online debate with former US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs Daniel Russel.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The exchange was part of a series organised by the Washington-based think tank Center for Security and International Studies (CSIS) and moderated by Bonnie Glaser, director of its China Power Project.“Both of them have pleaded guilty to public order … and they continue to make political speeches, after they pleaded guilty, before and even after they were remanded they still spoke to the media about ‘Hong Kong people add oil, don’t give up,’ and that sort of thing,” she added, saying it was evidence that freedoms guaranteed by the city’s Basic Law remain intact.Ip said it may take “two to three years” before the Hong Kong court renders final decisions on Wong and Chow because of the appeal process.“That’s why our government said recently – in fact, the secretary for security John Lee said recently, when people asked him, ‘Are you going to reactivate Article 23 and introduce local legislation to fill the other loopholes?” Ip said, referring to the part of the Basic Law that requires Hong Kong to enact national security legislation on its own.An attempt to do so in 2003 saw the bill shelved after an estimated half a million people took to the streets to oppose it. Fresh sanctions, criticism, charges mark Hong Kong security law’s fourth monthLee “said that we have to wait and see how the new national security law operates before we know whether there are other loose ends to tie up”, Ip added. “So the answer is, I don‘t know, these are early days.”Ip also asserted that Hong Kong’s courts remain independent from political interference and characterised the city’s “one country, two systems” framework after the imposition of the national security law as “a challenging enterprise” and “a work in progress”.Critics have said that the law – which gives authorities sweeping powers to target acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces – could fundamentally reshape the international financial hub, though the central and local governments have repeatedly pledged that the law would target only a minority of people.“One country, two systems is not easy … and what we see happening is a coming together of the two systems,” Ip said.“Although freedom has been restricted in some areas, and this is happening around the world, whenever you have terrorism threats or separatism threats, you have to introduce new legislation to restrict freedom, somewhat, but [to a degree that is] permissible” under the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Ip’s position was in line with that of Zhang Xiaoming, deputy director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, who said last week that anti-China activism will no longer be allowed among legislators and officials by law, as a key step to ensuring the patriotism that must underpin the city’s political system.“People who love the country and Hong Kong will govern Hong Kong, and people who are anti-China and cause trouble in Hong Kong are out,” Zhang told the Basic Law 30th Anniversary Legal Summit. “This is a political rule under ‘one country, two systems’, and has become a legal requirement now.” Man ordered to foot government bill for challenging detention under security lawRussel rejected Ip’s contention that Wong’s and Chow’s continued ability to address the public proves that freedoms guaranteed by the Basic Law remain intact.“What that means is that the crackdown is not yet complete,” he said.“The national security law supersedes Hong Kong’s courts. It’s exempt from judicial review. It creates an office with unchecked authority. And it‘s introduced mainland secret police, it’s taken a page out of the East German Stasi handbook by soliciting informers and encouraging anonymous accusations.”The new multi-platform tip line referenced by Russel received more than 10,000 messages in its first week in existence. The hotline allows the public to send information, photos, and audio and video clips to a designated email address. They can also send messages via SMS or WeChat, though officers do not pick up incoming calls.More from South China Morning Post: * ‘I’m ready for jail’: the Hong Kong dissidents who chose to stay and fight * Hong Kong opposition trio Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow face jail after pleading guilty to charges over police headquarters siegeThis article Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip says Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow cases may determine if more national security legislation is needed first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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Two Canadian MPs are taking part in a campaign to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou that cites “deteriorating relations with China and the rise of Sinophobia in Canada”.The New Democratic Party’s Niki Ashton and the Green Party’s Paul Manly are both listed as speakers at the “Zoom to Free Meng Wanzhou” online panel discussion on Tuesday evening.Manly’s participation is in line with the policy of the Greens, who have three MPs and in July called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government to ask the US to drop its charges against Meng and its request to have her extradited.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.But the participation of Ashton – a former leadership contender in the NDP, which has 24 MPs and holds the balance of power in parliament – does not reflect an official position of her party.Last week, the NDP joined with the opposition Conservatives to pass a motion calling on the Liberal government to combat Chinese aggression and decide whether to ban tech giant Huawei from building Canada’s 5G internet networks. Ashton was one of three NDP MPs who abstained.Meng was arrested at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, 2018 on a US fraud warrant. She is currently fighting the US extradition request in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.Ashton’s support gives the appearance of injustice done by Canada towards Ms Meng and provides the CCP with ammunition in its propaganda against CanadaNDP member Meena WongNDP leader Jagmeet Singh said in late 2018 that the party would follow the “rule of law” in Meng’s case, rejecting calls within his party to have her freed.Prominent Vancouver NDP member Meena Wong, a former federal candidate who also ran for the mayoralty of the city in 2014, said she was “astonished and disappointed” by Ashton’s role in the Free Meng campaign.Wong, who said she had supported Ashton’s 2017 bid for the party leadership, said the Free Meng campaign “plays into the hands of the CCP [Chinese Communist Party]”.“As an MP representing her constituents and Canada’s stand on human rights, she should know better, to allow the court to make the judgment according to Canadian law,” said Wong.“Canada is not breaking the law. It’s Ms Meng who is being charged on allegations of breaking the law.”Beijing-born Wong is a frequent critic of China’s policy towards Hong Kong and other issues.“Ashton’s support gives the appearance of injustice done by Canada towards Ms Meng and provides the CCP with ammunition in its propaganda against Canada across the world,” said Wong. “In China, behaviour such as [Ashton’s] could land her in prison for subversion. Canadian lawmakers push Trudeau on Huawei 5G banWong said she had asked other Chinese Canadian NDP members to reach out to Ashton and Singh about the issue.On September 29, Ashton sponsored a parliamentary petition calling on the government to cease Meng’s extradition proceedings and free her immediately, and to “protect Canadian jobs by permitting Huawei Canada to participate in the Canadian deployment of a 5G internet network”.“Meng’s arrest caused a major deterioration in Canada-China relations with serious negative consequences for many Canadians, while providing no benefit for Canada and instead contributing to a new cold war with China,” says the petition, which has received 631 signatures so far.Ashton, who is MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba and is the NDP’s transport critic, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Meng’s case.The Free Meng campaign is organised by left-leaning groups including World Beyond War, the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.They are also planning a “cross-Canada day of action to free Meng Wanzhou” on December 1, the second anniversary of her arrest.Meng’s arrest has infuriated China and sent relations with Canada plummeting. Beijing subsequently arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and charged them with espionage. However, their treatment is widely seen in Canada as hostage-taking. China cites litany of grievances with Australia, shirks blame for spatLast week, Trudeau said he had no regrets about Meng’s arrest.“Do I regret that Canada followed its laws? Do I regret that Canada lived up to a long-standing extradition treaty with our closest ally? Absolutely not,” Trudeau told reporters on Thursday. He branded China’s actions “coercive diplomacy”.Trudeau is facing pressure from prominent figures in his own Liberal party to let Meng go free, including former prime minister Jean Chretien.Meng’s extradition hearings are scheduled to last well into 2021, but appeals could drag out the process much longer.More from South China Morning Post: * Meng Wanzhou: Canada border agent ‘falsified account of questioning’, defence lawyer claims in court * Canada border officer ‘can’t recall’ who wanted Meng Wanzhou’s electronic device passwords * Canada’s concerns about ‘arbitrary detention’ in China not eased by virtual ambassador visit for pair * Justin Trudeau’s main rival Erin O’Toole says his Canada would be tougher on ChinaThis article Canadian MPs join campaign to release Meng Wanzhou, citing Sinophobia and plunging relations with China first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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Hong Kong police arrested an elderly taxi driver and a motorist in a Lamborghini after the two had a fight in the middle of a road in the early hours of Tuesday.The pair came to blows at the junction of Chatham Road South and Gascoigne Road in Yau Ma Tei shortly before 1am, after the sports car had driven into the back of the cab.According to police, the taxi was slowing down as it approached the junction and the sports car failed to brake in time and rammed into it.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Neither the 29-year-old driver of the Lamborghini, nor the 81-year-old cabby, were seriously hurt in the incident.“The two drivers were suspected of fighting each other in a dispute over the issue of compensation [for the collision],” police said in a statement.Officers were called and arrested the two men on suspicion of fighting in a public place.The two motorists suffered minor injuries in the altercation, and were taken to the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.Separately, a 47-year-old man escaped serious injury when his car smashed through railings, crashed 20 metres down a hill and turned upside down in Sha Tin around 2am.The vehicle was travelling along the Sha Tin Heights section of Tai Po Road, heading toward Kowloon at the time of the incident. A 20-metre stretch of railings and a traffic sign were damaged in the crash.“An initial investigation showed the driver veered to avoid hitting a dog and lost control of his car,” a police spokeswoman said.The driver managed to climb out of the vehicle and left the scene before emergency personnel arrived.The spokeswoman said the man went to Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan to seek medical treatment, adding the driver passed a breathalyser test and no one was arrested.This article Elderly cabby and Lamborghini driver arrested over Hong Kong street fight first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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A Canadian police officer involved in the arrest of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou has testified that US authorities never asked for the passwords to her electronic devices – but he still took delivery of them from a border officer on the day of Meng’s arrest.The handover breached Canada’s privacy laws, the Supreme Court of British Columbia has previously heard. Meng’s lawyers have depicted the move as part of a covert evidence-gathering exercise, conducted on behalf of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, as they seek to have Meng’s extradition thrown out on the grounds that her rights were violated.Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer, was detained at Vancouver’s airport on December 1, 2018, at the request of the US, which accused her of defrauding HSBC by lying about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran – thus putting the bank at risk of breaching US sanctions there. Meng denies the charges.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Gurvinder Dhaliwal, testifying in the extradition case on Monday, said that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) tried to rectify the blunder more than a week after Meng’s arrest, when it asked for the passcodes to be returned. Canadian MPs join campaign to release Meng Wanzhou, citing SinophobiaBut it was too late – they had already been filed with the BC court system, Dhaliwal told Canadian government lawyer John Gibb-Carsley, representing US interests in the case.Dhaliwal said that CBSA officer Nicole Goodman telephoned him and “indicated to me that these codes were given in error to us”.“She was asking if they could get them back, but I said no, you would not be able to get them back yet,” Dhaliwal recalled.But he denied ever using the passcodes to gain access to Meng’s devices, which were seized during the CBSA examination before Meng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport. Nor did he pass them to American law enforcement, Dhaliwal said.The devices included an iPhone, a Huawei phone, an iPad, an Apple laptop and a memory stick.In taking delivery of the passwords from the CBSA, Dhaliwal is a key figure in the Meng legal team’s argument that there was a deliberate attempt to use the pre-arrest border examination to help the US fraud case against Meng.Dhaliwal said that after Meng’s arrest, CBSA officer Scott Kirkland gave him a piece of paper containing Meng’s passwords, along with Meng’s devices. Dhaliwal said he “absolutely did not” ask for the passcodes, although he did not say anything in objection at the time.“I didn’t even think about it. I just put them with the phones,” he said. He said he assumed the note and the devices would eventually be returned to Meng.Kirkland has testified that he obtained the passwords as part of Meng’s immigration examination, but that it was a “heartbreaking” mistake to have given them to the RCMP. Canada border agent ‘falsified account of questioning’, Meng lawyer claimsDhaliwal said on Monday that after the arrest, Meng’s file was transferred to the RCMP’s financial integrity unit because of the case’s complexity. Ben Chang, a staff sergeant in the unit who has since retired, sent Dhaliwal an email saying the FBI had requested information about Meng’s devices.“I just spoke with [FBI] Legat John Sgroi,” Chang wrote to Dhaliwal on December 4, three days after the arrest. “They are requesting the descriptions and lists of the devices (with ESN, make model) we seized from MENG.” ESN refers to electronic serial number.Chang says in an affidavit that he “believes” the FBI requested “identifying information from the electronic devices seized from Ms Meng”.But he also said in the affidavit that “[as] I was never asked for the identifying information by [any] member of the FBI, or any other member of any other United States authorities, this information was never shared”.He is now refusing to testify about the apparent contradiction.Chang moved to the Chinese gambling hub of Macau after retiring from the RCMP in 2019; Canada’s Department of Justice cited “witness safety” when it tried to prevent Meng’s lawyers from seeing notes about an interview with him.In cross examination, Meng’s lawyer Scott Fenton focused on Dhaliwal’s failure to take notes about discussions of the various alternative ways that Meng could have been arrested, such as on the jetway or on the plane, instead of after the hours-long immigration examination.“Did it not occur to you, in the middle of planning this high-profile address, that it might be a good idea to take notes,” Fenton asked. “There were discussions,” Dhaliwal responded.Dhaliwal said he believed the warrant’s order to arrest Meng “immediately” had been complied with. But he told Fenton he had not read the arrest warrant before Meng was detained.Although he said doing so would only have taken him “two seconds”, he believed this task fell on his partner Constable Winston Yep as the primary officer, who would go on to actually arrest Meng.Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes adjourned the hearing until Tuesday morning.The extradition hearings are expected to last well into next year, and appeals could drag out the process for years beyond that. Meng is living under partial house arrest in one of the two houses she owns in Vancouver.Meng’s treatment has infuriated China. Soon after her detention, Beijing arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and accused them of spying. Ottawa considers the arrests are retaliatory and both men to be victims of hostage-taking.More from South China Morning Post: * Canada feared for safety of Macau-based witness who refuses to testify in Meng Wanzhou extradition case * Retired Canadian police officer refuses to testify at Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearingThis article Canadian officer says US never asked for Meng Wanzhou’s electronic passwords – but he took them ‘without thinking’ first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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An officer revealed Monday Canadian police obtained the security code to Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's Vancouver house -- not merely passcodes to her electronic devices, which defense lawyers allege violated her rights.
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