THE Legislative Council Commission has ordered four ousted lawmakers to return the salaries and expenses they were paid between October last year and July.
The four pro-democracy legislators – League of Social Democrats’ ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung (梁國雄), Demosisto’s Nathan Law Kwun-chung (羅冠聰), Professionals Guild’s Edward Yiu Chung-yim (姚松炎) and Democracy Groundwork’s Lau Siu-lai (劉小麗) – have been asked to repay sums ranging from HK$2.7 million to HK$3.1 million.
They said during that time they served the 100,000 voters who put them in Legco and if anyone is to be held accountable it should be Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen (梁君彥), who accepted their oaths and allowed them to serve before the court disqualified them. Leung, also Commission president, said the decision to ask for repayment was taken after consulting an external senior counsel for advice
He said, “As it involves public funds, the commission has the duty to recover the money. The Court of First Instance stated very clearly that they were not legislators from 12 October, and according to the Basic Law [Article 104], they cannot receive salaries if they are disqualified.” The four, however, accused the commission of being shameful. Law called the demand “political suppression”.
The commission had also demanded the Youngspiration duo of Sixtus Leung Chung-hang (梁頌恆) and Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎) to return their salaries and operating expenses totalling HK$1.86 million.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 05 December 2017)
Transcript of remarks by Chairman of Legislative Council Commission on deliberation made by the Commission
Leung Kwok-hung and Lau Siu-lai appeal disqualifi cation ruling