Occupy Central will have strong case in judicial review against company-bid rejection, experts say

Jeffie Lam | 13 May 2014 | SCMP

“The Companies Registry’s decision is inappropriate,” barrister Stephen Char Shik-ngor said. “Occupy Central would see a very high chance of winning the case if they were to file a judicial review against the decision.”

Hong Kong practises common law, which presumes people charged with a criminal offence are innocent until proven guilty, Char said.

“This is Hong Kong’s core value and the foundation of our rule of law,” he said. “Occupy Central has not yet committed anything illegal … how could the Companies Registry make such an assumption and declare it an illegal organisation even before it breaches the law?”

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Occupy Central’s bid to set up company rejected

Gary Cheung, Tony Cheung | 12 May 2014 | SCMP

“It was inappropriate [to compare us with a triad society] because a triad society’s objective is to engage in criminal acts,”

“Our goal is to achieve universal suffrage, and we have deliberation and voting before we decide” whether civil disobedience is required. “Many organisations, such as Greenpeace, League of Social Democrats and People Power, could undertake acts of civil disobedience and yet they are registered as companies in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong’s Companies Registry turned down a bid by Occupy Central to register as a company, something one person familiar with the matter compared to an application by a “triad society”.

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