A protester taking part in a rally last month alleges that the recent jailing of three pro-democracy activists was political persecution. When disagreement over a court ruling strays into attacking a legitimate process of law, such as a prosecutor’s right of appeal, it is the rule of law itself being attacked. Photo: AP

Democracy and human rights are vital for the rule of law – and so is legality

Ken Macdonald says both in the UK and Hong Kong, public prosecutors can appeal against a sentence they find inadequate, and if the process unfolds according to law, the court should not have its integrity questioned for making an unpopular decision

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A protester taking part in a rally last month alleges that the recent jailing of three pro-democracy activists was political persecution. When disagreement over a court ruling strays into attacking a legitimate process of law, such as a prosecutor’s right of appeal, it is the rule of law itself being attacked. Photo: AP
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