Pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui has denied three charges after he allegedly snatched the phone of an executive officer who was tasked with keeping track of lawmakers’ whereabouts at the legislature.

On April 24, Hui reportedly took the phone to a men’s bathroom to check what data had been collected after long-complaining that the government was monitoring lawmakers’ activities. The executive officer filed a police report and Hui was arrested in May.

Last week, Hui was charged with common assault, accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent, and obstructing a public officer from performing official duties.

Ted Hui (blue shirt). Photo:

Hui appeared at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday and denied all three charges.

The prosecution submitted 213 minutes of recordings of police statements from Hui, 30 minutes of surveillance camera footage, and 18 minutes of media interview videos of Hui. It said it will summon 25 witnesses.

The defence said it will take a month to prepare documents and legal opinions.

Acting Chief Magistrate Peter Law postponed the case to December 17 for a pre-trial review. Hui was allowed to post HK$8,000 bail.

Ted Hui.

In April, the Democratic Party suspended Hui’s membership following the incident.

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.