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Candidate pulls out of Hong Kong lawyers’ group election over safety fears

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(Corrects to add dropped word “respond” in ninth paragraph) By Scott Murdoch and Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) -A council member of a professional group of solicitors in Hong Kong on Saturday dropped his bid to seek re-election next week, citing fears for his safety and that of his family. Tuesday’s elections to the Law Society, a professional body and regulator for 12,000 solicitors, come as critics say the legal system in the global financial hub faces pressure from a China-imposed national security law. Although officials in Hong Kong and Beijing have rejected these concerns, the normally…

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