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Hong Kong Justice Dep’t denies ‘political prosecutions,’ omits mention of national security in annual report

by YAR

An annual report published by the Department of Justice (DoJ) about the prosecutions it brought throughout the year has made no mention its work on national security cases. It omitted all mention of a landmark appeal the government won at the highest court which raised the threshold for granting bail to defendants charged under the security law.

Department of Justice. Photo: GovHK.

The report also denied that the DoJ had engaged in “political prosecutions.” In politically sensitive cases, Director of Public Prosecutions Maggie Yang wrote that, “prosecutorial decisions were often subject to baseless and biased criticisms from different political spectrum of the society.”

“Most regrettably, there were accusations of ‘political prosecution,’ or suggestion that a particular prosecution was instituted because of interference or pressure from [a] party outside the Department,” she added.

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