CY Leung, a former chief executive of Hong Kong, has attacked the appointment of an English barrister to defend media tycoon Jimmy Lai on national security charges. Photo: Nora Tam
CY Leung, a former chief executive of Hong Kong, has attacked the appointment of an English barrister to defend media tycoon Jimmy Lai on national security charges. Photo: Nora Tam

Former Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung slams use of British barrister to defend media tycoon Jimmy Lai on national security charges

  • Former chief executive says decision ‘slap in the face’ for city lawyers and ‘unbelievable’ that Lai’s defence counsel is a foreign barrister
  • But senior lawyer says view at odds with Hong Kong’s bid to be international legal centre and overseas counsel allowed under Basic Law

CY Leung, a former chief executive of Hong Kong, has attacked the appointment of an English barrister to defend media tycoon Jimmy Lai on national security charges. Photo: Nora Tam
CY Leung, a former chief executive of Hong Kong, has attacked the appointment of an English barrister to defend media tycoon Jimmy Lai on national security charges. Photo: Nora Tam
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