The trial of a legislator accused of assaulting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying continued on Friday as the pair argued in court over food items previously hurled at government officials.

Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man has been charged with common assault after allegedly throwing a glass at Leung in the Legislative Council chamber in July 2014. He has pleaded not guilty and is representing himself in court.

The trial commenced on Tuesday. It is the first time a sitting Chief Executive has testified before the court.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. File Photo: Gov HK.

On Friday, Wong asked Leung why he picked up the glass shards after the incident. Leung said that it was to look at how bad the damage was before deciding whether to report the incident to the police. Leung also said that, because there was live broadcast, he wanted to show everyone how violent the Legislative Council had become, RTHK reported.

Leung also that he could not do anything about previous governments turning a blind eye when things were thrown in Legislative Council sessions. However, he would not tolerate it and that – even though reporting the incident to the police may not put a stop to it – his duty as Chief Executive was to restore order to the Legislative Council.

CY Leung and the “honest red bean bun”. Photo: Stand News.

Eggs and buns

Wong then asked Leung about an incident in January 2015 in which League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung was said to have thrown an “honest red bean bun” at the Chief Executive – an incident Leung said he did not recall.

Wong then asked Leung if he knew what an “honest red bean bun” was. When Wong asked him to explain, he was cut off by the magistrate.

Wong questioned why Leung did not report that incident to the police, and Leung said he believed there was no need to do so then. He said government officials have had all sorts of things thrown their way in the past, but throwing a glass had crossed the bottom line, Ming Pao reported.

Leung then mentioned an incident whereby the Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah was pelted with an egg, but the magistrate deemed it irrelevant to the case.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.