刑事檢控專員梁卓然今日(7月31日)向律政司發內部電郵表示,自己本周已向律政司請辭,將於年底離開服務25年的刑事檢控科。梁卓然在電郵中透露與律政司長鄭若驊在工作上意見不合,並在電郵中提醒律政司同事,要繼續秉持公正和法治精神。

根據立場新聞獲得的英文電郵,梁卓然表示,「我在刑事檢控科的運作上未能與律政司司長意見一致,並且隨著時間推移,情況並沒有改善,這是最不幸的。 這不利於刑事檢控科的順利運作。」

梁卓然在郵件中向同僚表示,檢控官身負秉行公義的職責,目標從來不是贏得定罪結果,而是起訴被告人時,確保控罪正確反映證據所示的罪責、被告獲公平審判,且最終的量刑恰當。

梁卓然又指出,上述工作需要檢控人員「時刻提醒自己,我們是正義的執行者,這是我們應該感到自豪和榮幸的事情,你所做的每一項檢控決定、你所進行的每一次審判或上訴,都會被刑事司法系統的所有其他持份者不斷評斷,看我們是否達到和保持了一個公正稱職的檢察官所要求的高標準」。

梁卓然又提到,同僚中有不少人擔心突然調到另一個科室或處理國家安全案件的科室/單位會有不確定性。但就「國安法」案件而言,梁卓然直言,「由於我沒有被要求協助和參與,所以我沒有這方面的資料。」

鄭若驊在今晚的政府記者會上表示,已接獲梁卓然告知他辭職的決定,待他發表正式聲明後再作回應。

梁卓然,1992 年在香港取得律師資格,2009 年成為副首席政府律師,2013 年升為首席政府律師。梁卓然自加入律政司以來,一直在刑事檢控科工作,2012 年起擔任副刑事檢控專員,並於2017年底獲委任為署任刑事檢控專員,至2018年6月「坐正」。

梁卓然近年親自處理的案件,包括備受爭議的七警案、佔中九子案、其上司律政司司長鄭若驊的僭建案、UGL案等。

網台《星期易得道》同日評論事件說,梁在任內處理了很多政治案件,包括以公共妨擾罪、佔中九子案等。今次請辭時指最近的國安法不明確(uncertainty),令同事不安。提醒同事在檢控時不一定是要被告入罪,而是要確保整個程序反映案件的證據,和審訊過程,並要令被告獲得公平審訊,和適當的刑期。主持人揶揄說:「他好像已辭職就做回人,講了我們一直想要求他們(鋼管)講的話!」

主持人提到梁本身很少新聞,他的職位也不是最高官階,但之罕有地向媒體強調檢控人員的家人不應該成為被謾罵攻擊的受害人:「你做政府的打手當然會被人罵!」主持人認為,1年前對他的評論應該是起到點阻嚇作用,現在請辭時都講點人話,不排除與近期局勢都很有關係;先出來國安法,之後美國、英國表態,梁作為高官會知道這些國家用什麼手段去對付這些政府打手。

分析又提到梁卓然透露內部很多不確定的因素,例如什麼同事調去國安公署,問鄭若驊,確沒有得到回覆,主持人揶揄鄭若驊應該不知道。主持人分析說,本來梁卓然做完律政署可以去做法官,可能也希望在普通法的世界裡有一席位,現在梁辭職未嘗不是好事,「27萬人工未必出去找不到!」

分析又指,香港的法制法治已經大陸化,港官也想把法律界的人全部拖落水,一齊做壞事,讓界內沒有一個清白。主持人提到大陸有法官做完劫匪再做法官,「如果他(梁卓然)繼續做檢控,跟著再做法官,那就與大陸法官沒有分別。」並提到英國已經表明不再派法官到香港的終審庭,形容現在香港的法官像澳門的金魚缸;「全部一字排開站著,等恩客來選,這個恩客就是林鄭月娥」,選出來做dirty job(打手)。

以下是梁卓然請辭電郵全文:

Dear Colleagues

Earlier this week I have tendered my resignation and will be stepping down as DPP and leaving the civil service on 31 December 2020, allowing ample time for a smooth transition and handover.

It is most unfortunate that I do not see eye to eye with the SJ on the running of PD, and the situation has not improved with the passage of time. This is not conducive to the smooth operation of PD and certainly not something that I, as a prosecutor serving the Division for 25 years and the current head, would like to see. It will be best for the SJ and the Division to have a new DPP so that new ideas and visions can be brought in.

I enjoy every single day working in PD, particularly the time in court. It has been my honour and pleasure to have worked with you over the years, during which I have gained invaluable experience, fond memories and great friendships.

Being a prosecutor is a difficult but honourable job. We never strive to get a conviction. Rather, we ensure that the charges laid are a proper reflection of the criminality on the available evidence, proper disclosure has been made, the defendant has a fair trial and finally the sentence passed is within range.

This requires a constant reminder to ourselves that we are ministers of justice, something that we should be proud of and feel privileged. Every prosecutorial decision that you make, every trial or appeal that you conduct, is constantly measured by all the other stakeholders of the criminal justice system to see if we have achieved and maintained the high standards required of a fair and competent prosecutor.

To this end, I am proud to inform you that I have received many positive feedbacks from judges of your performances. Judges wrote in not because of the verdict, one way or the other. Rather, they wrote in stating he/she was impressed with the fair and measured way in which you conducted the prosecution, or in appeal cases, the fairness and the conciseness of your submissions and the most helpful assistance that you have provided the court with.

Recently, I understand a number of you are concerned about the uncertainty of a sudden posting to another division or the division/unit handling National Security Cases. As to the former, the inter divisional transfer scheme has been in place to cater for operational needs and career development of counsel and in so far as practicable, counsel will be given sufficient notice of the intended transfer. As to National Security Cases, I do not have information for you as my assistance and participation in those matters have not been required.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your hard work and support in the past and I am sure you will continue with your good work in support of the SJ and the new DPP. 

I wish each of you and your family good health despite the difficult epidemic situation we are having in Hong Kong. Take care.

Best regards,

David @