Democracy activist Ken Tsang and seven policemen charged with beating him were granted bail Monday and ordered to appear in court again in the next two months.
The officers were allowed HK$1,000 (US$129) bail each by the Eastern magistrates’ court and ordered to come back on Nov 17.
They are facing a charge of “causing grievous bodily harm with intent”. One has been charged with an additional count of common assault.
Defense lawyers said the officers have no case to answer.
Tsang appeared before a judge hours after the accused policemen had left, charged with “inflicting harm on police officers” and four counts of resisting arrest.
He was granted HK$300 bail.
Tsang was accompanied by two barristers and a solicitor when the clerk of court read out the charges against him.
Tsang’s next appearance will be on Dec. 9 when prosecutors will present 26 police witnesses.
Ming Pao Daily is reporting that Tsang was charged under a law that makes him liable to two years in jail if convicted, rather than under a police ordinance that stipulates six months imprisonment plus a fine of HK$5,000.
Emerging from his hearing, Tsang thanked supporters holding yellow umbrellas, symbol of last year’s democracy protests, and vowed not to cave to political suppression.
They were among dozens of people who staged competing rallies outside the courthouse.
Both camps stayed another 30 minutes after Tsang had left.
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