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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today said when handling national security law cases, all prosecutorial decisions will be based on facts and evidence.

Ms Cheng made the remarks at a press conference on the enactment of the National Security Law in Hong Kong.

“What is important when one is to understand the independence of prosecutorial decisions is that Article 63 explicitly says that the Department of Justice is to control all the prosecutorial decisions, conduct of the matters, etc, free from any interference.

“Any decisions that the Department of Justice is going to make, in relation to prosecutorial decisions, will as always be based on facts and evidence.

“The facts and evidence are some things that will be provided to us through the law enforcement agencies – in particular here is the special branch set up under the Police Force – and that will allow us to make decisions independently, free from any interference.”

Ms Cheng also sought to clarify that her participation on the national security commission will not hinder her role as head of the Department of Justice.

“The fact that I’m on the national security commission – if we would call it that at the moment – it would not in any way interfere with my discharge of the role as the head of the Department of Justice under Basic Law Article 63.” 

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