Arrest warrants have been issued for two members of a disbanded Hong Kong pro-democracy group after the duo missed a court session on Friday.

Isaac Cheng, former vice-chair of Demosisto, and Tobias Leung, who was a former standing committee member, were supposed to appear at Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts in front of Deputy Magistrate Tobias Cheng.

face mask demosisto
Photo: Demosisto.

The pair were suspected of false trade descriptions for trade goods. The now-disbanded Demosisto group stood accused of selling facemasks which did not attain ASTM Level 1 as the package claimed.

The Witness reported that the deputy magistrate approved the prosecution’s application for arrest warrants, allowing the police to seek to arrest the duo.

The deputy magistrate said that, if the pair are arrested and brought to court, they could still be bailed out with HK$10,000, InMedia reported.

Leaving Hong Kong

In April, Isaac Cheng said in a Facebook post that he had left Hong Kong for the UK.

“Due to all kinds of reasons over the past year, I could not tell you all my whereabouts,” the post read. “But I can say frankly to you all that the year since I left Hong Kong has not been easy.”

Isaac Cheng
Isaac Cheng. Photo: Demosisto, via Facebook.

Demosisto, a group founded by activists including Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, announced its decision to disband on the day that the sweeping national security law was enacted, on June 30, 2022.

Wong is currently remanded in custody over a national security law charge, where the activist and 46 other pro-democracy figures were accused of conspiracy to commit subversion. Wong also completed a 23.5 month sentence over other protest-related charges.

Law announced in July, 2020 that he had left Hong Kong for self-exile three days before the security legislation was enacted.

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Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.