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Raab Criticises UK Prosecutor for Taking Case Against Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists

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Raab Criticises UK Prosecutor for Taking Case Against Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists

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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Sunday criticised a senior British prosecutor’s decision to take a case against a group of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists detained under Beijing’s national security law. Queens Counsel (QC) David Perry reportedly agreed to act for Hong Kong’s ruling authorities in two cases against nine freedom activists accused under the controversial law, which penalises vaguely defined crimes such as subversion and secession with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The legislation was imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing in June last year and is widely regarded as repressive and draconian. ‘Serious PR coup for Beijing’ The enlistment of Perry, an eminent English barrister, constitutes a “serious PR coup” for Beijing, former lawyer Raab told Sophy Ridge of Sky News. Raab said he could not fathom why Perry would take up such a case under legislation that is “directly violating, undermining the freedom of the people …

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