Hong Kong’s Lam tells solicitors’ group to stay out of politics


Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference following the annual policy address in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik

HONG KONG, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government may cut ties with one of the city’s key legal profession associations if it gets involved in politics, leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday in her latest warning to civil society groups.

Lam’s comments come before an Aug. 24 election for five seats on the council of Hong Kong’s Law Society, the professional association and regulator for the city’s 12,000 solicitors.

Lam said in April the government could intervene if necessary in the Bar Association for barristers, whose chairman Paul Harris has been labelled an “anti-China” politician by top Beijing officials after he criticised jail terms handed to some pro-democracy politicians. read more

Although the Law Society is seen as more conservative than the Bar Association, debates in its recent elections…

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