Hong Kong: Lam says judges with foreign nationality might hear national security cases in Hong Kong

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, said that judges who might be hearing national security related cases could include foreign ones, at a press briefing in Hong Kong, on Monday. She stressed that judges are «appointed on the basis of their judicial and professional qualities,» adding that there are no particular restrictions on them. Lam's comments came after local lawyers reportedly raised fears that the right for city's head to select judges for national security cases might affect the judicial independence of the territory from mainland China. Under the new national security law, expected to be passed this month, Beijing would open a national security office in Hong Kong in charge of criminal cases related to national security, a move that according to many would further erode the city's sovereignty.
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