A woman accused of taking photos inside a courtroom during a hearing on the clearance of the 2014 Umbrella Movement Mong Kok protest site last week has been arrested after failing to meet her bail conditions.

Judge Chan allowed Tang Lin-ling to be released on bail last Friday. However, Tang failed to hand over the HK$50,000 within the 72-hour deadline, and the police found that the address she provided did not exist. Judge Chan ordered on Tuesday for an arrest warrant to be issued.

Tang was then arrested outside the JW Marriott hotel in Admiralty on Tuesday afternoon.

Tang Lin-ling on Friday. Photo: Citizen News.

The prosecution said Tang was arrested by the Regional Public Order Event Investigation Team at 2:15pm outside the JW Marriott hotel.

Judge Chan said Tang was given time to raise the bail money but she failed to do so. He said she also failed to reside at the address she provided to the court, and apparently resided at another address.

Tang sat solemnly in the dock, mostly keeping her head down. Chan asked Tang if she had anything to say, and she said “no.”

Chan put her in police custody and the case will be brought up in court again on Wednesday morning.

The police have taken a statement from Tang and requested a warrant to examine her phone.

This is the third reported incident of photos being taken inside the courtroom during hearings for protest-related trials in recent months.

At the Mong Kok unrest trial involving localist Edward Leung in February, a man claiming to be a mainland tourist was caught taking photos inside the courtroom and uploading them onto social media.

Photo: In-Media.

Less than two weeks later, another Mandarin-speaking man was accused of taking photos during the same trial.

On May 18, the High Court sought protection for jurors in the case after the judiciary received a photo of four jurors in an email.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.