Hong Kong Government condemns fugitive Ted Hui’s call for sanctions against judicial and law enforcement personnel

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4th March 2024 – (Hong Kong) The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has issued a resolute condemnation against Ted Hui Chi-fung, a fugitive who has brazenly called for foreign entities to impose so-called ‘sanctions’ on SAR judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other public officials, while also urging the public to ‘dox’ these individuals. Mr. Hui’s actions not only have the potential to obstruct judicial fairness but could also constitute a violation under Article 29 of the Hong Kong National Security Law, which prohibits collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security.

A spokesperson for the SAR government stated: “Ted Hui’s attempts to collude with foreign or external forces, his blatant cries for ‘sanctions’ against dutiful SAR personnel, and his campaign for ‘doxing’ are clear attempts to intimidate these individuals. He aims to interfere with the SAR’s judicial processes, hinder the government from performing its legal functions, and undermine the rule of law in the SAR. His clumsy political theatrics and despicable intentions are obvious, and the SAR government condemns them in the strongest terms.”

“The very actions of Mr. Hui validate the necessity contemplated in Article 23 of the Basic Law to legislate measures that protect personnel dealing with national security cases or work from being ‘doxed’ or harassed. This is to ensure that they can perform their duties in maintaining national security without concern for their safety, thus consolidating and strengthening the enforcement forces upholding national security,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson further noted that Mr. Hui is suspected of committing multiple crimes. However, far from being willing to face law enforcement and judicial proceedings for his alleged infractions, he deceitfully left Hong Kong after tricking the court. His integrity is completely compromised, and his continuation of activities and behaviour endangering national security overseas is deplorable.

The spokesperson emphasised: “Ted Hui is currently wanted by the SAR police force under an Interpol Red Notice for alleged offences including incitement to secession, incitement to subvert state power, and collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security under the Hong Kong National Security Law. He should not harbour the illusion that fleeing Hong Kong will allow him to evade legal responsibility. The SAR government will not tolerate criminal behaviour and is committed to ‘enforcing laws and prosecuting violators’ to the fullest extent, employing every method available to apprehend fugitives overseas who endanger national security. Anyone providing assistance to Mr. Hui to continue his flight and endanger national security activities overseas will also face criminal responsibility.”

On 26 August 2020, Hui was arrested on charges related to a protest on 6 July 2019 in Tuen Mun. In the wake of the disqualification of pro-democratic legislators by the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee, Hui was one of the 19 pan-democrats who resigned en masse on 11 November 2020. His resignation took effect the following day, on 12 November 2020, while other pro-democracy legislators followed suit and resigned on 30 November 2020.

In the early hours of 1st December 2020, Hui arrived in Denmark with assistance from a group of Danish parliamentarians. By 3 December 2020, he publicly announced his intention to seek political asylum in the United Kingdom, resigning from the Democratic Party in the process. He stated that he faced nine charges in Hong Kong and his goal was to expand Hong Kong’s international battlefront. Hui subsequently arrived in London, United Kingdom, on 5th December. As of 4th December 2020, having not returned to Hong Kong, the HK Police considered Hui to have jumped bail and listed him as a wanted person.

Hui’s application for political asylum and the alleged use of false pretenses to travel to Denmark led to at least five bank and credit card accounts associated with him, his wife, and his parents being frozen. The affected financial institutions included HSBC, Hang Seng Bank, and the Bank of China. Hui has publicly criticized HSBC for their actions and urged MPs in Britain to take action against the bank. He described the account freezes as politically motivated, asserting that HSBC was aiding the regime in suppressing opposition voices. In response, HSBC’s CEO, Noel Quinn, informed Hui that the bank could no longer operate his accounts and had no choice but to comply with legal obligations following the police notification.

Hui has been quite vocal to the British Parliament about his banking issues and has stated on his Facebook page that any organizations aiding the suppression of Hong Kong’s freedom will face international repercussions. He has committed to making such organizations confront the consequences of their actions.

On 9th March 2021, Hui arrived in Australia, stating his intention to bolster international lobbying efforts. The Hong Kong government communicated to the Hong Kong Free Press its determination to “track down” fugitives, seemingly referring to Hui.

On 29th November 2021, Hong Kong authorities issued arrest warrants for Hui and Yau Man-chun, a former district councillor, over their encouragement to boycott or to cast invalid ballots in the 2021 Hong Kong legislative election. By July 2022, it was reported that at least a dozen people had been arrested in connection with Hui’s message advocating for submitting blank votes.

Hui, absent at his trial, was found guilty on 2nd June 2022, of contempt of court due to his pretextual travel to Denmark. On 29 September, he was sentenced in absentia to three and a half years in prison on four counts of contempt of court and alleged misconduct in the Legislative Council. After leaving Hong Kong, Hui faced additional charges including secession and collusion with foreign forces.

In August 2023, Hui was admitted to the bar in South Australia’s Supreme Court as a barrister and solicitor.

ui, one of 13 activists charged under China’s national security law, has been issued a bankruptcy order by High Court Master Kent Yee this February for failing to respond to legal cost payment requests. The order follows Hui’s conviction in absentia for contempt of court in June 2022, resulting in a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence and associated legal costs, after fleeing Hong Kong on bail in November 2020.

The order also encompasses costs from two private prosecutions related to a 2019 police shooting and a taxi driver’s actions during protests, as well as fees for a legal bid to uncover the composition of tear gas used by police.

Hui, currently residing in Australia, downplayed the impact of the bankruptcy order in a recent Facebook post, labeling it a “cheap trick” and asserting he owes nothing to the Hong Kong government. He attributes the financial measures to “political oppression” facilitated by the national security law’s application to stifle dissent.Tell me more.