Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man questioned the reliability of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s witness testimony in court on Tuesday morning as Wong stood trial for common assault.
Representing himself in court, Wong is facing charges for throwing a glass at Leung during a Legislative Council question-and-answer session in July 2014. He has pleaded not guilty.
The trial commenced at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning. Supporters of Leung and member so political group Civic Passion shouted at each other both inside and outside the court. There was also a commotion when Wong entered the court. Magistrate Chu Chung-keung reminded those sitting in the public gallery not to disturb the proceedings.
The prosecution is summoning 28 witnesses, seven of whom – including Leung – are key witnesses, DBC reported.
Wong requested summonses for four more defence witnesses, namely Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, lawmaker Christopher Cheung Wah-fung and Legislative Council Secretary General Kenneth Chen Wei-on.
Wong said that they were eyewitnesses to the incident and could provide crucial testimony, Stand News reported. He also said that Chen, who was in charge of security at the Legislative Council, would have seen his movements. The magistrate granted only the request to summon Chen.
During the recess, spectators sitting in the public gallery began shouting at each other, with a Civic Passion member yelling “Sit down, bitch” at a Leung supporter.
Leung took the oath and gave his testimony. He said that he arrived at the Legislative Council at 9am that day. Several lawmakers had been protesting when he suddenly heard the sound of glass shattering near him, RTHK reported.
Leung then said he felt shocked because it was not uncommon for lawmakers to break into disruptive behaviour but it was the first time a glass has been thrown. Leung also said that it was the first time he has initiated reporting the case after an “assault”, as it had been serious.
Wong asked Leung whether he should address him as “Chief Executive Leung”. Wong also said that Leung likes lying and questioned whether the testimony would be affected by his “transcendent status.” The magistrate told him to refer to Leung as the “witness” and overruled his objections. During the cross-examination, laughter constantly emanated from the public gallery.