Disgraced legislator Chim Pui-chung should not be handcuffed in the Legislative Council chamber if he attends the September 9 sitting, his Legco colleague Eric Li Ka-cheung said. A Correctional Services Department spokesman confirmed that Chim had applied for leave to attend the hearing, during which legislators will debate a motion to disqualify him. Chim was this month jailed for three years for forging share documents. Under prison rules, the Commissioner for Correctional Services may grant any prisoner up to 24 hours' leave of absence. The spokesman said he did not know when a decision would be made. He could not say whether Chim would be handcuffed or would appear in prison uniform if he could attend. A Legislative Council spokeswoman said there was no dress code for Legco. She said that if the department approved Chim's application, the council would provide all necessary security. Mr Li said Chim should not be handcuffed because he was not violent and there were no grounds to believe that he would try to escape. He said the department had to respect the Legislative Council and Chim was still a legislator.