Alan Hoo Hon-ching, a member of the mainland’s top advisory board, called for the arrests of Demosistō and Hong Kong National Party members on Tuesday due to their stance on Hong Kong’s independence.

Hoo, who serves as member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is an expert in criminal law in Hong Kong. He stated that Beijing could adopt national laws of sovereignty in Hong Kong through the Basic Law due to the crisis the city is facing, though he is in the process of drafting a resolution asking Beijing not to do so before the end of 2017, RTHK reported.

Alan Hoo Hon-ching. Photo: RTHK Screencap.

Hoo made reference to the parties attempts to register with the Companies Registry, as well as their stated goals.

“To actually set up such a political party, to actually register it with the Companies Registry of the Hong Kong government, to make it a legitimate entity, and to make its mission of this party and of this company, [these are] the very objects which are prohibited in the Crimes Ordinance in terms of treason and sedition,” he said.

The Hong Kong National Party and Demosistō are recently founded political parties. The pro-independence National Party attempted to register with the Companies Registry in March but their application was denied. Demosisto, which emerged from student group Scholarism, advocate for Hong Kong autonomy and self-determination.

Photo: Demosisto.

‘Criminal conspiracy’ 

Hoo stated that the parties should be liable for what he deemed to be a capital offence and suggested that members should be arrested.

“This is obviously a company. This is promoting, inciting a criminal conspiracy against [the state], on capital offences… The law stands, the law is clear. You can challenge the law when you are prosecuted in court and say, ‘Oh, I have freedom of expression. This breaches international covenant.’ You can argue in court but you will be facing criminal procedure, criminal process,” Hoo said.

Hoo questioned the effectiveness of the Hong Kong government in controlling and monitoring the situation.

“And what is the Hong Kong government doing about it? Its job is to tell the people of Hong Kong whether this act is criminal or not. That’s what they’re paid to do. The Secretary of Justice, the Director of Public Prosecution, the whole big department of the DOJ. Should they not be advising the people of Hong Kong?”

This is not the first time Hoo has publicly criticised the government, having previously blamed it for the failure of political reform last June.

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Isaac Cheung

Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.