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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

DoJ rejects unfounded allegations

The Department of Justice (DoJ) said any unfair and unfounded allegation made to undermine and discredit Hong Kong’s independent criminal justice system will be vehemently refuted.   It made the statement today in response to media enquiries.   In the statement, the DoJ said it had instructed David Perry to prosecute a trial involving offences of organising and knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly under the Public Order Ordinance.   Mr Perry accepted the instruction and his ad hoc admission to the Hong Kong Bar was granted by the High Court’s Chief Judge on January 12.   Since then, there have been growing pressure and criticism from the UK community directed at Mr Perry for his involvement in this case, the statement said. Some of the ill-informed criticism conflated the matter with the National Security Law.   Mr Perry expressed concerns about such pressures and the exemption of quarantine, and indicated that the trial should proceed without him.   In light of the public interest involved and the imminent trial date, the DoJ has instructed another counsel to prosecute the trial as scheduled.   It stressed that as legal proceedings are ongoing, it is inappropriate for anyone to comment on the case as it is a matter of sub judice.   No one should embark upon baseless speculations, it added.
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