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Fraudulent certificates deemed invalid

The Government announced today the COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors will not be accepted and will be deemed invalid from October 12.   According to the information provided by Police, the seven private doctors are involved in its arrest operations to date for allegedly abusing the issuance of medical exemption certificates. The legal proceedings are ongoing for some of those cases.   The Government pointed out that according to the eHealth records, the seven private doctors have issued in total over 20,000 medical exemption certificates which are still within the validity period, accounting for more than half of the medical exemption certificates that are still valid.   It has reasonable grounds to suspect that the private doctors concerned did not properly follow the Department of Health’s guidelines when issuing the medical exemption certificates.   In this regard, the Government will no longer accept the medical exemption ce

Prosecutions free from interference

The Department of Justice (DoJ) today stressed that no one should interfere with prosecutorial decisions which are carried out strictly in accordance with the law.   The DoJ made the statement in response to recent comments calling for charges to be dropped against 47 people who were prosecuted under Article 22 of the National Security Law.   It reiterated that independent prosecutorial decisions are based on an objective assessment of all admissible evidence, applicable laws and the Prosecution Code, without political considerations.   Article 63 of the Basic Law stipulates that prosecutions in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are made by the DoJ, free from any interference. Prosecutions would only be commenced if there is sufficient admissible evidence to support a reasonable prospect of conviction.   The DoJ said that any open demand for immediate release of the defendants in the course of legal proceedings is considered a disrespect of Hong Kong's judicial and legal systems, adding that it also undermines the rule of law and is seen as an attempt to meddle in Hong Kong's affairs which are China's internal affairs.   The National Security Law expressly provides that human rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly, be protected, and legal principles including presumption of innocence be respected and observed, the DoJ noted.   It also pointed out that it is inappropriate to comment further as the case's legal proceedings are still ongoing.
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