Two British judges quit territory’s highest court citing the impact of the sweeping security law imposed by China.
The departure of two senior British judges from Hong Kong’s highest court was politically motivated, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday, saying that she was confident that judges at all levels of the territory’s court system would be free from political interference.
United Kingdom Supreme Court judges Robert Reed and Patrick Hodge, who sit on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal (CFA) as part of their official duties, announced their resignations on Wednesday, citing the security law imposed by China in June 2020.
“The judges of the Supreme Court cannot continue to sit in Hong Kong without appearing to endorse an administration which has departed from values of political freedom, and freedom of expression,” Reed, who heads the UK’s Supreme Court, said in a statement.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the situation…