The mask ban was brought in to try to curb violence during protests. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong police can still ask people to remove face coverings despite court ruling that mask ban is unconstitutional, force says

  • Internal force circular says anyone who fails to remove a face covering can be charged with obstructing officers in exercising their duty
  • It cites three existing laws that officers can rely on to request the removal of a mask
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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The mask ban was brought in to try to curb violence during protests. Photo: Dickson Lee
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Retired judge Henry Denis Litton. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong courts have power to decide on constitutional matters, but Chinese national legislature has the final say, former judge says

  • Henry Litton was commenting on Beijing’s challenge to a local court ruling that found an anti-mask law and the use of emergency laws unconstitutional
  • But Philip Dykes, chairman of the Bar Association, says old ordinances should be re-examined to plug the new constitutional order
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Retired judge Henry Denis Litton. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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