A pro-democracy protester’s application to use what was published by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on his blog as evidence in court was rejected by the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.
Christina Leung, 38, was charged with two counts of obstructing a police officer in the due execution of her duty. It was alleged that she ignored police warning and refused to leave the Lung Wo Road area near Tamar Park on October 15, 2014 during the pro-democracy Occupy protests.
Leung did not give any defence, but wanted the court to admit documents, like government press releases and a blog post published by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on October 14, 2014, as evidence.
The magistrate refused her application, saying that content published by the Chief Executive may not necessarily be correct or true, reported Apple Daily.
The post, which remains on the Chief Executive’s blog, reads, “As recommended by the Government yesterday, protesters who still wish to gather may use bigger venues where congregations will not cause obstruction to traffic and normal life, such as Tamar Park, the Central and Western District Promenade (Central Section), the Central Lawn of Victoria Park and MacPherson Playground in Mong Kok.”
The defendant was released on bail and the case will resume on August 20.
- Visas for journalists being vetted by Immigration’s national security unit amid long delays – report
- ‘Protest rally’: Stock price soars by 300% after police arrest Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai and raid newsroom
- Hong Kong security law: Freelancer for UK’s ITN among two more arrested, as journalism watchdogs sound alarm