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Hong Kong's foreign judge defends city's legal independence

Published on Aug 26, 2014 6:54 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - A senior foreign Hong Kong judge said on Tuesday he detected no undermining of judicial independence in the global financial hub amid rising fears of interference from China.

In rare public comments from a judge on Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal, David Neuberger said he saw "no present problem"with the rule of law in the former British colony.

"If I felt that the independence of the judiciary in Hong Kong was being undermined then I would either have to speak out or I would have to resign as a judge," said Neuberger, who also serves as president of Britain's Supreme Court.

"Certainly from my perspective, and what I can speak about with confidence, I can say at the moment I detect no undermining of judicial independence," he said. "What I can't say because I'm not competent to say is whether there is any threat and how great the threat is and where it is coming from."

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