Date
28 May 2017
Raymond Wong (right inset) is facing common assault charges after hurling a drinking glass in the direction of CY Leung (left inset) during a heated debate in the Legco last year. Photos: HKEJ
Raymond Wong (right inset) is facing common assault charges after hurling a drinking glass in the direction of CY Leung (left inset) during a heated debate in the Legco last year. Photos: HKEJ

Raymond Wong charged with assault after glass-hurling incident

Radical lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man has been charged with common assault for hurling a drinking glass in the direction of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council on July 3 last year.

Wong revealed the charge in a Facebook post Monday, saying the police had requested him to report at the Central police station at 5 pm today, Ming Pao Daily reported.

According to law, the maximum penalty for common assault, if there is successful conviction, is one year imprisonment.

In a reply to an enquiry from Commercial Radio Hong Kong, Wong pointed out that the glass he threw did not hit anyone.

He would like to see how the court rules on the matter, he said, adding that the issue can be deemed as a test case in a political struggle.

While the glass shattered on the floor behind Leung, both pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps condemned the incident but a defiant Wong challenged the government to sue him.

Wong turned himself in the next day after the incident.

A spokesman from the Department of Justice declined to comment on the case on the ground of Legal Professional Privilege.

Although the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance states that a legislator enjoys legislative immunities for remarks made in the Legislative Council, Dennis Kwok, a lawmaker representing the legal circle, said criminal acts within the venue are not protected by the law.

Albert Luk Wai-hung, a well-known barrister, said Wong might escape conviction if it is deemed that he did not intend to hit Leung with the glass in the first place.

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