Pan-democrats Albert Ho, 'Long Hair' may foot CY Leung's legal costs after losing lawsuit
The pan-democrats face prospect of having to pay legal costs of C.Y. Leung
Pan-democrats Albert Ho Chun-yan and "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung could face a bill of at least HK$2.1 million after losing their case in the top court challenging Leung Chun-ying's victory in the chief executive election, the South China Morning Post learnt.
It was not known how the costs would be borne, but the Court of Final Appeal said in its ruling on Tuesday that both sides could file submissions on costs within 14 days of the judgment.
It is likely the HK$2.1 million in fees paid by the chief executive might include legal costs incurred for the judicial review in the High Court.
Both Ho and Leung Kwok-hung had earlier lost their case and appealed to the Court of Final Appeal. The court has instructed them to pay legal costs, but they can still appeal.
A government source said Leung Chun-ying had already paid HK$2.1 million in lawyers' fees from his own pocket to defend himself against Ho's lawsuit and that the figure may rise.
"Leung is seeking legal advice on whether there will be fresh litigation against him," the source said. "Once everything is settled, he will give the public a full account, once and for all, of the saga over illegal structures at his house."
Neither Ho nor Leung Kwok-hung could be reached for comment last night.
In the lawsuit, the two lawmakers claimed the chief executive was not duly elected because he had made false statements before and during the election campaign.
Before his campaign officially began, Leung had said during a casual gathering with reporters at his home on The Peak that there were no unlawful structures on his property.
But in June, three months after he was elected, media reports said there were six unauthorised alterations made to his mansion.