The pro-independence Hong Kong National Party has submitted an appeal after the government officially banned the party last month over national security concerns.

Andy Chan. Photo: Pool/SCMP.

It was banned under the Societies Ordinance – the first such case since the 1997 Handover. Party convenor Andy Chan had 30 days to file an appeal to the chief executive and the Executive Council. The deadline was Wednesday.

Chan told reporters that his appeal document included a request that Chief Executive Carrie Lam and eight executive council members – who would normally decide the appeal – recuse themselves.

The eight are Secretary for Security John Lee, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung, Executive Council Convener Bernard Chan, Executive Councillors and lawmakers Regina Ip, Wong Kwok-kin, Kenneth Lau, Horace Cheung, as well as Executive Councillor Ronny Tong.

Carrie Lam. Photo: inmediahk.net.

“The last part of the appeal letter mentioned that the Chief Executive and eight executive council members had publicly commented on the case, so I requested that they recuse themselves from dealing with this appeal,” Chan said.

Chan also said he could not reveal the content of his appeal letter.

Under the Societies Ordinance, any one who manages or assists in the management of an unlawful society may be subject to a HK$100,000 fine and three years in prison.

Additional reporting: Tom Grundy.

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Holmes Chan

Holmes Chan is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. He covers local news with a focus on law, politics, and social movements. He studied law and literature at the University of Hong Kong.