24th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Department of Justice (DoJ) has approached the High Court with a bankruptcy petition against former legislator Ted Hui Chi-fung, who is currently in exile in Australia and the subject of a HK$1 million bounty issued by national security police.
According to the judiciary website, a hearing has been set for 23rd January, 2024.
The bankruptcy petition was submitted by the Secretary for Justice, with Hui, aged 41, named as the respondent.
Hui, previously implicated in four criminal cases, was permitted by the court to depart Hong Kong in November 2020 for an overseas trip to Denmark as a legislator.
He declared his exile upon arrival in Denmark, which prompted the DoJ to levy four additional counts of contempt of court against him for neglecting the hearings and for misleading the police with a promise to return to the Special Administrative Region (SAR) after his trip.
Last year, the High Court convicted Hui on all four counts of the charge and sentenced him to a term of three-and-a-half years in prison. The court also decreed that he should bear the legal costs.
In July of this year, national security police placed a HK$1 million bounty on eight former lawmakers and activists, Hui included.