Hong Kong protests: calls for an amnesty or a pardon for those convicted must be resisted
- Apart from the potential backlash and waste of courts’ time and money, granting a pardon or amnesty to those convicted of protest-related crimes would constitute a manipulation of procedure and hurt the integrity of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system
Grenville Cross SC is a criminal justice analyst, a barrister (Queen’s counsel and senior counsel), and vice-chairman of the senate of the International Association of Prosecutors. He is sentencing editor of Hong Kong Cases and Archbold Hong Kong, and co-author of Sentencing in Hong Kong. He was the director of public prosecutions from 1997 to 2009.