Date
23 October 2017
Billy Fung faces multiple criminal charges stemming from his role in the Jan. 26 siege on the HKU campus. Photos: tvb.com, HKEJ
Billy Fung faces multiple criminal charges stemming from his role in the Jan. 26 siege on the HKU campus. Photos: tvb.com, HKEJ

Billy Fung faces criminal charges over HKU siege

A student activist has been arrested and charged with multiple criminal offenses, six months after leading a siege of a University of Hong Kong (HKU) building.

Billy Fung, former president of the HKU Student Union and erstwhile student representative to the university council, was led away in a nighttime arrest, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing sitting student union chairman Althea Sun.

He was released four hours later on HK$10,000 bail and instructed to appear in court on Friday. 

Fung faces charges of criminal intimidation, criminal damage and attempted forcible entry, stemming from his role in the Jan. 26 siege which held up vice chancellor Peter Mathieson and council chairman Arthur Li for several hours.

The action followed a meeting of the university council which was marred by clashes between riot police and student protesters demanding reform.

Officials said Fung and several protesters tried to break into the building after hundreds of them crashed through police barriers. 

Li Fung-kei, then external vice president of the student union, said the police had asked him to help investigate the incident but added he did not expect Fung’s arrest after all this time.

He said he will meet with the police after his return to Hong Kong on Aug. 8. from training in Taiwan. 

Student siege leaves top HKU officials stranded for four hours (Jan. 27, 2016)

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