Council member of Hong Kong’s largest lawyers’ association withdraws re-election bid, citing safety fears as group makes police report over ‘threats’

A council member of Hong Kong’s largest association of lawyers has decided to withdraw from its leadership election, citing unspecified safety fears, while the body has made a police report over “threatening messages”.Jonathan Ross, regarded as a relatively liberal candidate, dropped his Law Society re-election bid three days before council polls for the professional body representing some 12,000 solicitors in the city.This year’s leadership election for the group drew unprecedented attention…