Date
17 October 2017
Police officers accused of beating a pro-democracy activist walk to district court. They pleaded not guilty to assault charges. Photo: HKEJ
Police officers accused of beating a pro-democracy activist walk to district court. They pleaded not guilty to assault charges. Photo: HKEJ

Defense questions video evidence in Ken Tsang assault trial

Defense lawyers fired their first salvo in an assault trial brought by a pro-democracy activist against seven policemen by challenging the use of video evidence, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The defendants — chief inspector Wong Cho-sing, senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, sergeant Pak Wing-bun and and police constables Lau Hing-pui, Wong Wai-ho, Kwan Ka-ho and Chan Siu-tan — are accused of beating Ken Tsang during the 2014 street protests.

The incident was caught on camera by a news crew and broadcast with raw footage, sparking a public outcry against police brutality.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to a charge of “causing grievous bodily harm with intent” before a district court judge on Wednesday.   

The prosecution told the court it intends to enter video clips of the incident into evidence.

But defense lawyers said the clips should be treated separately, adding they plan to challenge their authenticity regarding the identities of the officers in the footage.

They said none of the accused officers are in the clips, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Judge David Dufton adjourned the hearing to 2:30 p.m. Thursday when the prosecution is expected to call Tsang to the stand.

Tsang was separately sentenced on Monday to five weeks in jail for assault on police officers.

In the case before Judge Dufton, Tsang is accusing the defendants of assaulting him in a dark corner in Admiralty on Oct. 15, 2014 at the height of the democracy protests.  

The alleged beating took place after he was arrested and led away, according to court documents. 

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