Thirty-five more abode seekers facing imminent removal filed a High Court writ seeking to quash their repatriation orders. The mainlanders, represented by law firm Solomon C. Chong & Co. - which filed a similar writ last week on behalf of another 53 abode seekers - also demanded unspecified damages from the Secretary for Justice. The writ claims that, due to maladministration on the part of the Government, the plaintiffs had lost the chance to benefit from the Court of Final Appeal's January 1999 ruling on right of abode and also could not benefit from the court's abode ruling of January 10 this year. 'As a result of such maladministration, misrepresentations and mis-statements, the plaintiffs suffered loss and damages,' the writ said. It also claimed the plaintiffs, who have stayed in the SAR between two and six years, have sacrificed their family, education and career, and thus 'suffered tremendous mental anxiety and distress'. The 1999 judgment granted right of abode to mainlanders born outside Hong Kong to a parent with permanent residency. But it was effectively overturned by Beijing's reinterpretation in June 1999. On January 10 this year, the top court ruled the abode seekers were subject to Beijing's reintrepretation and denied them residency.