King’s Counsel Timothy Owen is at the centre of a high-profile debate about foreign lawyers handling national security cases. Photo: Dickson Lee
King’s Counsel Timothy Owen is at the centre of a high-profile debate about foreign lawyers handling national security cases. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong national security law: strong chance Beijing will not interpret legislation on foreign lawyer issue, pro-establishment heavyweight says

  • Basic Law Committee member Priscilla Leung says ‘not interpreting it remains an option’ for Beijing, after Jimmy Lai trial at heart of debate postponed to 2023
  • Case-by-case mechanism under Article 14 of the law, to avoid asking for Beijing’s interpretation on similar issues, floated by pro-establishment figures

King’s Counsel Timothy Owen is at the centre of a high-profile debate about foreign lawyers handling national security cases. Photo: Dickson Lee
King’s Counsel Timothy Owen is at the centre of a high-profile debate about foreign lawyers handling national security cases. Photo: Dickson Lee
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