UK 'weaponising' judicial influence against China and Hong Kong says city leader

FILE PHOTO: A statue of Lady Justice at the Court of Final Appeal is pictured, in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader John Lee said on Tuesday that Britain was weaponising its judicial influence against China and Hong Kong after two British judges resigned from the city's highest court.

A British judge who recently resigned from the top Hong Kong appeals court said on Monday the rule of law in Hong Kong is profoundly compromised in areas of the law where the government has strong opinions.

Jonathan Sumption is one of two British judges who resigned last week shortly after a landmark verdict in which 14 prominent Hong Kong democratic activists were convicted for subversion amid a national security crackdown on dissent.

(Reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)