Legislative process of Hong Kong version of National Security Law may be completed within 2 months

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23rd May 2020 – (Hong Kong) Kennedy Wong, a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong and member of The National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference revealed in an interview with mainland official media that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress may complete the legislative process of the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law within two months, meaning that the legislation can be completed as soon as June.

Wong and another Hong Kong affairs expert close to Beijing said that the content of the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law has almost completed and is expected to be voted sooner than expected. Wong said that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress may convene an interim meeting immediately after the closing of the two sessions to expedite the completion of the legislative process within two months. He also revealed that the content of the “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” will contain very careful and clear legal provisions, such as stipulating severity of offences and punishment which includes fines and imprisonment for trial judges to follow.

Wong also said that the Hong Kong version of the draft National Security Law mentioned that the National Security Department can be authorised to establish an organization in Hong Kong. In addition to collecting information, intelligence and communication, it may have certain direct enforcement powers in Hong Kong. He explained that due to the lack of specific investigative techniques by the Hong Kong police or government officials, the future work of handling national security affairs may be mainly undertaken by the national security agency dispatched by the central government to Hong Kong, but it is still not known how this agency will cooperate with and link with the existing law enforcement agencies in Hong Kong.

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