Xinhua director Jiang Enzhu dodged questions yesterday on whether his office would appear in court in response to a private summons issued by ousted legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing over alleged breaches of privacy law. However, Mr Jiang was adamant that his agency was a state body. 'Xinhua is a working organ authorised by the Central People's Government,' he said when asked to respond to the summons. Ms Lau responded last night: 'Does that mean Xinhua is above the law?' The agency is alleged to have breached the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance when it failed to meet a 40-day deadline on answering Ms Lau's request in December 1996 to see any files they had on her. Mr Jiang would not say whether Xinhua would send a representative to answer Ms Lau in court. 'I have already answered the question,' he said repeatedly. He maintained that the relevant department in Xinhua had already responded to Ms Lau's request. The Adaptation of Laws (Interpretative Provisions) Ordinance passed last month replaced the legal term 'the Crown' with 'the State' for privileges. This has raised fears that certain mainland bodies would see themselves as above the law. Ms Lau's case has been delayed, it emerged yesterday. Ms Lau applied for a private summons against the agency as soon as Eastern Court magistrate Garry Tallentire on Thursday granted her the right to do so. But the Judiciary said yesterday it would not be ready until Monday or Tuesday. Clerks at Eastern Court said there was a delay because 'they were still discussing' the summons. The Judiciary said the summons would be served on Xinhua by a bailiff.