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Justice suffers as distrust of Teresa Cheng deepens

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When it comes to Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah and her Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute former chief executive Leung Chun-ying, the government and its allies have formed a rather disunited front.

One reason is that the secretary for justice and her legal colleagues have made a complete mess in the way they announced and explained (away) why they were letting Leung off the hook over a HK$50 million payment. Another problem is Cheng and her “credibility gap” with the public and even with some ­pro-government figures.

Since all legal avenues have been exhausted, the opposition has given up on sending another former chief executive to jail. So the department’s PR mess presents itself as a consolation prize, a Christmas gift of sorts – to keep the controversy in the news and milk it for all its........

© South China Morning Post