David Perry QC challenged by senior authorized figures for taking over case in opposition to pro-democracy activists
The highest legal silk who agreed to run the prosecution of pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong has now reportedly pulled out of the case following “rising stress and criticism from the UK neighborhood”.
David Perry QC of 6KBW School Hill had been instructed by Hong Kong’s justice division to prosecute media mogul Jimmy Lai and eight different pro-democracy activists accused of participating in a 2019 anti-government protest.
In an announcement at present the Hong Kong authorities stated there had been “rising stress and criticism from the UK neighborhood directed at Mr Perry QC for his involvement on this case”.
“Mr Perry QC expressed considerations about such pressures and the exemption of quarantine, and indicated that the trial ought to proceed with out him. In gentle of the general public curiosity concerned and the approaching trial date the Deportment of Justice has instructed one other counsel to prosecute the trial as scheduled.”
Perry’s determination to simply accept the temporary drew criticism from senior legal figures and politicians, together with UK international secretary and former Linklaters lawyer, Dominic Raab, who described Perry’s determination as “mercenary”. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of Doughty Street Chambers and director of the Worldwide Bar Affiliation’s Human Rights Institute had stated Perry’s determination would grow to be “a supply of disgrace”.
It’s alleged the protestors disregarded police orders by turning an authorised meeting right into a march, which was not permitted.
All 9 defendants had been charged collectively with two offences: organising an unauthorised meeting and knowingly participating in an unauthorised meeting. The trial is ready for 16 February.
Perry has been approached for remark.