Group’s case to be followed up

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today stated that putting a case before the Chief Executive-in-Council for a decision to remove a group from the Companies Register was in line with legal provisions.   Ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam told reporters that the action taken by Security for Security Tang Ping-keung with respect to the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China was associated with the legal requirement that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region should prevent and suppress actions that will endanger national security.   Mrs Lam said: “The National Security Law is not just about arresting suspects and then punishing them. It is also about preventing such activities from happening because that is the best approach to safeguard national security in any place.   “So the Secretary for Security, based on the recommendations of the Commissioner of Police - which of course must contain a lot of evidence - has taken this action, which is provided for under the Companies (Winding Up & Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance.”   If a registered company is regarded as breaching the law or endangering national security, a case could be put to the Chief Executive-in-Council for a decision to strike off that company from the register, she further explained.   Whether or not to exercise the power to deregister the group will depend on the evidence and explanations provided by the alliance, Mrs Lam added.

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