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香港法律界明天静默游行 前法官越洋声明支持
郭荣铿昨日连同一众法律界人士,于金钟高院附近宣传明日的游行。 (图:郭荣铿Facebook)

法律界发起明日穿黑衣静默游行,以表达不满一国两制白皮书威胁本港司法独立。预计8名大律师公会前主席都会参与游行,有份发起游行的法律界立法会议员郭荣铿表示,前高等法院原讼庭法官王式英亦发声明支持,强调法官绝对不可以受爱国的限制。

郭荣铿在今日的记者会上,引述正身在英国的王式英所发表的公开声明称:

「王式英认为,香港的法官绝对不可以受到什么爱国的限制,他认为这件事,如果我们不出来讲,如果政府不为我们的司法独立护航,反而还有人行出来支持白皮书的话,他认为,是对香港的司法独立和司法制度有好大的影响。他还有一句是,我觉得对今次游行十分重要,他说:长久下去,如果有人认为,香港的法官需要受到爱国的要求或者限制,没有一个专业或有诚信的律师,会肯去做法官。」

郭解释,现在终审法院的非常任法官,是从世界上不同地方的普通法司法管辖区聘请回来的,当中包括英国、澳洲、加拿大等,全球最好的几位大法官都在香港,香港亦有很多高质素、独立的资深法官并非香港人,「你叫他们如何自处呢」。

他表示,律政司司长袁国强不断尝试淡化白皮书对「法官爱国」的错误,未有即时修正白皮书的错误,令人失望,期望他能站出来捍卫公义和法治。

郭荣铿续称,不少律师表示会参与游行,队伍将于明天下午5时半由高等法院出发,游行至终审法院,并静默3分钟。

王式英服务司法界共36年,2008年退休,以幽默敢言见称,亦经常在审讯期间与诉讼当事人舌战。他审理过的民事诉讼无数,包括华懋集团已故主席龚如心与家翁争夺王德辉逾四百亿元遗产的「世纪争产案」。

据《明报》在2008年4月26日的报道,王式英在2003年审理龚如心与家翁争产上诉案中,笑指龚与王德辉「经常手挽手,很浪漫」;2000年社交界名人赵世曾的旧爱Terri Holladay向律师行索取6亿元生活费,赵世曾指不明白「playboy(花花公子)」定义,王官笑谓﹕「相信庭上除了你之外,人人都知道什么是playboy。」

附:王式英声明全文

The legal fraternity’s Silent March is of the greatest importance, as I hope it would be a public announcement by the lawyers of Hong Kong of the great concern in Hong Kong aroused by the alleged requirement of judicial patriotism stated in the Beijing White Paper. The alleged judicial patriotism has given rise to understandable alarm as it has wide implication for the Hong Kong Judiciary and for the Hong Kong legal system. All Hong Kong Judges (“independent judiciary” in the Basic Law) take a judicial oath on taking up the judicial appointment . There is nothing in the Hong Kong Judicial Oath requiring a judge to be patriotic or to love China. In Hong Kong we have many judges who are not nationals of China.

It is therefore most regrettable that: (1) The Hong Kong Government has not immediately taken steps to correct the above error ofjudicial patriotism in the White Paper; (2) The President of the Law Society has publicly supported the White Paper.

The most disturbing consequence of the White Paper and its judicial patriotism error (if uncorrected) is that in future all judges in Hong Kong will be exposed or suspected to be exposed to pressure of alleged judicial patriotism.

What is however of critical importance to Hong Kong and its people and to the outside world is that, in the long run no independent self-respecting lawyer will take up a Hong Kong judicial appointment.

I hope the Silent March will cause the Hong Kong Government and the Chinese Government to issue the appropriate correction statement.

William Waung
(Former Judge ofthe Court of First Instance)

来源:主场新闻

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