The Legislative Council Secretariat has demanded Youngspiration politicians Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung Chung-hang pay back, in two weeks, HK$1.86 million of salaries and operating funds that the legislature had paid the duo before they were ousted.

“We will give them time to repay the amount. But since this is public money, we will treat this issue seriously,” Legislative Council President Andrew Leung said on Monday. The Legislative Council Commission, chaired by Leung, said it would take legal action against the pair if necessary.

Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching. File photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.

Yau and Baggio Leung had each received one month’s salary — HK$95,180 — and claimed the maximum amount of operating funds, totalling around HK$834,000. The deadline of repaying the amount is December 19.

The duo were disqualified from the legislature last month after the court held that they refused to take their oaths owing to their controversial conduct during the Legislative Council’s swearing-in session on October 12.

The pair had said they would consider filing an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal, but they have yet to do so.

On Monday, the Secretariat officially announced in the government’s gazette the vacancy of two seats left by the localist duo. By-elections will be triggered in four to six months to fill their seats.

Andrew Leung. File Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP

Last Friday, the government announced further judicial reviews relating to the oaths of four other pro-democracy legislators. They are “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats, Nathan Law Kwun-chung of Demosistō, Lau Siu-lai of Democracy Groundwork, and architecture sector lawmaker Edward Yiu Chung-yim.

Ellie Ng

Ellie Ng has written for Foreign Policy, the Daily Telegraph, Global Voices Online and others.