Date
20 August 2017
Liu Lu (right) is facing a charge of common assault for attacking Cliff Buddle (left), a lecturer in media law and ethics at the University of Hong Kong. Photos: HKU, Apple Daily
Liu Lu (right) is facing a charge of common assault for attacking Cliff Buddle (left), a lecturer in media law and ethics at the University of Hong Kong. Photos: HKU, Apple Daily

Mainland student in HKU assault seeks Beijing help

A mainland student accused of attacking a university lecturer pleaded not guilty and sought assistance from the Chinese government.

Liu Lu, 26, who says he is a student of Tsinghua University in Beijing, is facing a charge of common assault for attacking Cliff Buddle, a lecturer in media law and ethics at the University of Hong Kong and a senior editor of the South China Morning Post, on Monday.

Eastern Court principal magistrate Bina Chainrai set the trial for Oct. 31. Liu, who is representing himself, complained that he had to wait three weeks for the trial.  He said he had expected to be detained for only a week.

“I am a Chinese. I need the Chinese government to help me,” Sing Tao Daily quoted Liu as saying.

The magistrate said correctional service officers would help him get in touch with mainland authorities.

Reports said Liu attacked Buddle because he wanted him to speak in Mandarin.

In justifying his action, Liu had told police that class lectures in Hong Kong should be conducted in Mandarin after its return to China.

Liu also denied an allegation that he was posing as an HKU student, saying he was only visiting the campus in Pok Fu Lam.

He was denied bail.

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