LettersHong Kong leader must ensure justice is seen to be done
- The treatment of two journalists accused of the same offence has raised concerns about prosecutorial favouritism and selective justice, while remarks on the Apple Daily arrests suggest a disregard for the principle of presumption of innocence. Both put Hong Kong’s reputation at risk
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s concern for Hong Kong’s people and journalists requires clear, transparent and predictable justice.
Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu declared of the recently arrested Apple Daily managers: “ … don’t associate with these criminals endangering national security, you will pay a hefty price … [you] should cut ties with these criminals before it’s too late to repent.”
But “these criminals” have been found guilty by no court. Has the presumption of innocence been totally abandoned by the prosecutorial authorities and their ministers in Hong Kong?
Otherwise people may conclude she agrees with selective justice and a presumption of guilt.
Paul Serfaty, Mid-Levels