Date
11 December 2016
In this file photo, the defendants walk to the courthouse. They are charged with brutally beating democracy activist Ken Tsang. 
Photo: HKEJ
In this file photo, the defendants walk to the courthouse. They are charged with brutally beating democracy activist Ken Tsang. Photo: HKEJ

Judge sets closing arguments in Ken Tsang case

A district court judge has ruled that all prosecution evidence at the Ken Tsang trial is admissible despite a challenge from defense lawyers.

Judge David Dufton said there was no reason to question the fairness of the police identification process, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The procedure, among others, is admissible in court as evidence, he said.

Seven police officers are facing charges in the brutal beating of Tsang during the 2014 democracy protests. 

Dufton upheld the charges against chief inspector Wong Cho-sing; senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai; sergeant Pak Wing-bun; and police constables Lau Hing-pui, Wong Wai-ho, Kwan Ka-ho and Chan Siu-tan.

They have been charged with “causing grievous bodily harm with intent”. Chan is facing an additional charge of common assault.

The defendants have decided not to testify.

Judge Dufton adjourned the case to Dec. 5-7 for closing arguments and granted the defendants bail, according to Apple Daily.

Tsang, a member of Civic Party, was beaten by a group of police officers in a dark alley near the main protest site in Admiralty on the night of Oct. 15, 2014.

A video clip of the beating was aired on a TV news program, sparking public outrage and prompting the police to press charges against the officers after an investigation.

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