A magistrates’ court has ordered prosecutors to withdraw charges against student leader Lester Shum and 11 other activists, saying the defendants are already facing charges of criminal contempt in the high court for the same offense, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
The 12 defendants had been charged with obstructing bailiffs from performing their duty of removing street barricades at a protest site in Mong Kong in late November.
The judge also granted Shum’s request that he be compensated for the litigation cost of HK$568.9 (US$73.37). The amount included HK$65 for his taxi fare from Mong Kok to the court, HK$3.9 for copying documents and HK$500 paid to the duty lawyer.
What’s interesting, according to Shum, was the amount. The number “5″ can mean “don’t’ want” in Cantonese, while “689″ was the number used by protesters to mock Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in last year’s Occupy movement, referring to the fact that he was elected with only 689 votes from the 1,200-member election committee.
As such “568.9″ can be understood as “We don’t want CY Leung”.
Sometimes, things just happen serendipitously, he said.
Besides Shum, 10 other defendants got back their litigation costs ranging from HK$25 to HK$500.
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