Hong Kong court declares ex-opposition lawmaker Sixtus Baggio Leung bankrupt over failure to repay Legislative Council salary, expense account

Jasmine Siu
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A Hong Kong court has declared former opposition lawmaker Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang bankrupt over his failure to repay some HK$930,000 in wages and operating expenses he received before he was booted from the legislature in 2016.

Master Hui Ka-ho of the High Court on Wednesday ruled in favour of the Legislative Council Commission about a month after Leung publicly announced he had departed for the US on November 29, severed all ties with his family in Hong Kong and resigned from Youngspiration, the party he founded in 2015.

Leung is among the 30 activists wanted by police on suspicion of violations of the national security law who have fled overseas, the Post understands.

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The 34-year-old and his then party colleague Yau Wai-ching, 29, lost their Legco seats in November 2016 for distorting their oaths of office by shouting pro-independence slogans and insulting China during their swearing-in ceremony a month earlier.

Yau Wai-ching (left) and Sixtus Leung learn the outcome of their court case relating to oath-taking irregularities in 2018. Photo: Dickson Lee
Yau Wai-ching (left) and Sixtus Leung learn the outcome of their court case relating to oath-taking irregularities in 2018. Photo: Dickson Lee

By that point, the legislature’s commission had paid each of them HK$929,573 (about US$120,000) between September 22 and October 28.

The sum included one month’s salary of HK$95,180 for October 2016, plus HK$834,393 for office operations, information technology, entertainment and travel expenses.

The commission issued multiple notices demanding repayment and finally decided to take the duo to court in October 2017 after its final ultimatum was ignored.

But neither showed up in court to fight the claim, leading the District Court to rule in favour of the commission and order the repayment in May last year.

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Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen said Yau had subsequently made recommendations on how she hoped to repay the sum, while Sixtus Leung had ignored the order, prompting the commission’s petition for his bankruptcy in August.

Commission lawyers on Wednesday confirmed that Sixtus Leung had yet to make any repayments, despite having acknowledged the effective service of the petition.

Hui therefore granted the proposed bankruptcy order and directed it to be served by way of ordinary post and email, in light of the former lawmaker’s departure.

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