Baroness Kennedy describes David Perry’s resolution as ‘a supply of disgrace’

A high London barrister has come underneath hearth for agreeing to prosecute pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.

David Perry QC of 6KBW Faculty Hill has reportedly agreed to behave for the Hong Kong authorities subsequent month as a part of a prosecution towards media mogul Jimmy Lai and eight different pro-democracy activists accused of participating in a 2019 anti-government protest.

Hong Kong’s courtroom of first occasion on Tuesday granted the justice division’s utility to fly in Perry to deal with the case, noting its complexity and “actual and vital impression on the train of the liberty of meeting sooner or later”.

It’s alleged protestors disregarded police orders by turning an accredited 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 has been set for 16 February.

Perry’s resolution to simply accept the temporary has been challenged by senior authorized figures.

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Chatting with The Instances (£), Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of Doughty Street Chambers and director of the Worldwide Bar Affiliation’s Human Rights Institute, mentioned:

“I can’t fathom why any respected British barrister would offer a veneer of respectability to actions that are opposite to democracy and the rule of legislation. This resolution will change into a supply of disgrace.”

Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the shadow attorney-general and former lord chancellor, mentioned: “He should withdraw as he can’t proceed in that function and stay in line with the values of the UK. He’s prosecuting among the most well-known democracy campaigners.”

China imposed a nationwide safety legislation on Hong Kong in June final 12 months. Since then, a number of hundreds of people, together with outstanding politicians and campaigners, have engaged in mass road protests, towards the crackdowns.

Abroad barristers require particular excessive courtroom approval earlier than they’ll practise in Hong Kong on an advert hoc foundation, and are primarily used if exterior recommendation is required for complicated circumstances.

British barristers historically settle for work underneath the ‘cab-rank rule’; that’s, that they are going to settle for instruction on circumstances inside their data and experience offered they’re able to accomplish that. Nevertheless, the bar regulator stipulates in its Code of Conduct quite a few exceptions to the precept, together with that it doesn’t apply if accepting a quick would require a barrister to undertake international work.

Perry has already tackled high-profile circumstances in Hong Kong, together with the bribery trial of the previous chief government Donald Tsang in 2017.

Perry has been contacted for remark.

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