7 charged under security law

Intimidation against judges intolerable

The Government will take resolute actions and will not tolerate intimidation against judges and Police will leave no stone unturned to apprehend the culprit to safeguard the city's public peace and safety.   The Department of Justice issued the statement today in response to the criminal intimidation against judges threatening their personal safety after they have delivered a judgment.   It pointed out that Basic Law Article 85 guarantees that the courts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall exercise judicial power independently, free from any interference.   Intimidation against judges, who perform judicial duties, and posing threats to their personal safety are unacceptable.   Under section 24 of the Crimes Ordinance, anyone who threatens any other person with injury to him or her shall be guilty and liable to imprisonment of five years.   The department warned that criminal intimidation is a serious offence and urged the public not to break the law.
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