Newly elected lawmaker Baggio Leung (C, wearing glasses) is restrained by security after attempting to read out his Legislative Council oath at Legco in Hong Kong on November 2, 2016. / AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE
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Two Hong Kong lawmakers who advocate a split from China should be banned from taking up their seats, government lawyers argued in court Thursday, as concerns grow Beijing will wade into the escalating row.As a judicial review seeking to disqualify Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung from the legislature kicked off at Hong Kong's High Court Thursday, the government's counsel insisted authorities had not asked Beijing to step n.Local media reports say China's top legislative body, the National People's Congress Standing Committee, could issue an "interpretation" of Hong Kong's constitution Monday relating to the case.But Yu said the Hong Kong government had not received any confirmation of that happening.The Legco president, a pro-Beijing lawmaker, is a defendant in the case, alongside Baggio and Yau.
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