Occupy duo to admit contempt rap

Local | Phoebe Ng Jun 16, 2017
Two prominent student leaders of the Occupy movement, Joshua Wong Chi- fung and Lester Shum, plan to plead guilty to contempt of court along with nine others, their lawyer says.

Twenty protesters are charged with obstructing bailiffs from carrying out a court order to clear up a Mong Kok protest zone in 2014. The remaining 11 are not contesting their appearance at the scene, but will continue to fight the charges, the High Court heard in a pretrial review yesterday. The prosecution is expected to call 33 witnesses.

Meanwhile, the defense is planning to obtain notebooks of 800-1,000 police officers who were on duty that night as evidence. But both the prosecutor and Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai questioned the practicality of the move.

On the first two days of the trial, defense lawyer Lawrence Lok Ying-ka will mitigate on behalf of seven of the 11 planning to plead guilty, including Wong and Shum.

Four others are also pleading guilty.

Justice Chan adjourned the case until June 27 for a second pretrial review. The trial is set to begin on July 3.

Another Occupy case was being heard in a lower court yesterday. Nine leaders of the movement, including the founding trio - Reverend Chu Yiu-ming and academics Benny Tai Yiu-ting and Chan Kin-man - are accused of various public nuisance charges.

District Judge Anthony Kwok Kai- on said there were "overlapping charges" and asked the prosecution to consider amending the six charges involving conspiracy to commit public nuisance, incitement to commit public nuisance and incitement to incite public nuisance.

No plea has been taken. The case has been adjourned until September 19 to allow time for preparation and translation of documents. Over 1,000 pages are to be submitted in court.

The 79 days of mass demonstrations and sit-ins in 2014 paralyzed major roads.

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