Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, guarded by security men, appeared at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court as witness in an assault case against a lawmaker Tuesday, becoming the first incumbent leader of the city to ever do so, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The case concerns an incident on July 3, 2014, when radical lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man hurled a drinking glass in Leung’s direction during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council.
Wong, who allegedly had thrown documents at Leung three times during the session before the glass, was charged with common assault for the action last year, although he denied any wrongdoing.
With many of his supporters outside the court, Leung took the witness stand and told the court that he was a little shocked when he heard the sound of a breaking glass behind him, realizing that lawmakers’ way of protest had become more intense than before.
“The first thing I did afterwards was gather myself and check if I was injured,” Leung said.
He said he saw Wong’s action as an assault and he decided to report it to the police as his duty as a citizen and to show respect to the rule of law.
In his defense, Wong said Leung should gotten used to various forms of protests at the Legco.
He also asked Leung how he could calmly pick up the pieces of broken glass if he indeed was so shocked by the incident.
Wong also said Leung and his two bodyguards might have colluded in their testimonies, noting that there were several typographical errors in Leung’s written testimony.
Wong and Leung spent some time in court sparring over the words used in the written testimony.
Wong, who had asked the court to reject Leung as a witness, accusing Leung of being a habitual liar, applied to the judge to include four people as his witnesses in the case, but the judge only agreed to allow Legco secretary general Kenneth Chen.
The judge also asked both sides to reach a consensus on the video clips that were presented as evidence.
The hearing continues on Wednesday. Leung will continue his testimony on Thursday.
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