The Eastern Magistrates’ Courts heard and postponed a case involving localist Edward Leung and a reporter from the Beijing-backed Ta Kung Pao newspaper on Friday. Leung and the reporter, surnamed Lo, are charged with one count of fighting in a public place following an alleged incident at the Tai Koo station in August. No pleas have been entered.

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Edward Leung.

According to Apple Daily, Lo’s lawyer said the reporter plans to plead not guilty.

Meanwhile, Leung’s lawyer said they made an application to adjourn the case for three weeks because they have not received documents from the prosecution, and that the nature of the case and Leung’s background are unusual.

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Ta Kung Pao reporter.

Leung and Lo were arrested on Friday and Tuesday respectively, after a video showing the alleged scuffle surfaced online.

Under the Public Order Ordinance, the offence carries a maximum penalty of HK$5,000 fine and a 12-month jail term.

The case has been adjourned to January 13. The two are released on bail of HK$1,000 each, and were required to report to a police station.

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.