The West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court convicted four protesters on Wednesday after they attacked former lawmaker Nathan Law at the Hong Kong International Airport in January.

Law, who was still a Demosisto lawmaker at the time, was surrounded by protesters following a trip to Taiwan, where he and three activists and lawmakers were attending a forum hosted by the country’s New Power Party.


Law told the court in November he was “punched and kicked” by what he believed were pro-China protesters. Law said that around 20-30 protesters were holding placards and chanting slogans such as “traitor” and “running dog.”

They also splashed him with an unknown liquid, he told the court. In the chaos, security staff escorted him out of the airport.

West Kowloon Magistrates Courts. File photo: HKFP/Ellie Ng.

Five defendants— Giok Kheng, Tong Fat-cheung, Lam Kam-sheung, Lau Pit-chuen and Kwong Kwai-sim — were charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly and common assault over the events.

On Wednesday, the court found Lam not guilty, as there was insufficient evidence to show that she was present at the scene. The other four were convicted.

Tong Fat-cheung.

Magistrate Edward Wong said that Giok and Tong claimed they did not know each other and did not make plans to meet up with the other protesters. However, in determining whether there was an unlawful assembly, the court had to consider whether the defendants had a common goal which affected the same group of people.

In finding them guilty, the court found that the defendants had gathered near Law and raised political placards, and had the same aims and used the same slogans. They also made threats and engaged in behaviour that disrupted order.

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.