Cheng Chung-tai summoned over Legco flag-flipping

Civic Passion lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai turned several national and SAR flags upside down during a Legislative Council meeting in October. File photo: RTHK

Civic Passion lawmaker Cheng Chung-tai turned several national and SAR flags upside down during a Legislative Council meeting in October. File photo: RTHK

A Legislative Council committee set up to look into the row over small flags being turned upside down on lawmakers’ desks last year says it has summoned legislator Cheng Chung-tai to give evidence to the panel.

Pro-government lawmakers have called for the Civic Passion lawmaker to be censured for his stunt during a council meeting last October. 

Cheng is also facing prosecution for allegedly desecrating the tiny China and SAR flags. He wasn’t required to enter a plea when he appeared in court earlier this month and the case was adjourned until May 16.

The chairwoman of Legco’s investigating committee, Priscilla Leung, said Cheng could choose not to attend the hearing, but they will press ahead with their probe in any case.

“We would continue to conduct the investigation even though Mr Cheng may not reply us. Now we are examining all the written and oral evidence as much as possible as well as reviewing the relevant laws and regulations”, Leung said.

“Our committee is to determine whether the act conducted by Mr Cheng Chung-tai is acceptable from the standard, from our rules of the Legislative Council”, the Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker added.

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1330457-20170515.htm

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