Panel sets deadline for treason talks details

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 October, 1996, 12:00am

Legislators yesterday set January as the deadline for the release of details of Sino-British talks on legislative amendments on treason and subversion.

Emily Lau Wai-hing, who chairs the Legislative Council panel on information policy, urged the administration to reveal details if the two sides failed to reach agreement on the issue.

The plea came after Deputy Secretary for Security Alex Fong Chi-wai failed to offer a concrete timetable on the issue.

Last July, Secretary for Security Peter Lai Hing-ling told legislators the Government had submitted proposed amendments to the Official Secrets Act and the Crimes Ordinance to China via the Joint Liaison Group.

The draft bills aim at incorporating the concepts of treason and subversion into the ordinance so they will be compatible with Article 23 of the Basic Law.

Article 23 stipulates the future government should legislate to ban treason, secession, sedition and subversion against the central Government.