Date
18 October 2017
A bloodied Sung (inset) is surrounded by policemen. Sung and four other defendants have pleaded not guilty to rioting in a District Court. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ
A bloodied Sung (inset) is surrounded by policemen. Sung and four other defendants have pleaded not guilty to rioting in a District Court. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ

Officers accused of false testimony in Mong Kok riot trial

Five defendants in the February 2016 violence in Mong Kok have pleaded not guilty to rioting.

The five disputed police testimonies, saying the officers contradicted their own version of events, Ming Pao Daily reports.

One of the defendants, surnamed Sung, allegedly threw bricks during the clashes, according to police testimony in a District Court.

But video clips show Sung was hit multiple times by police officers with batons.

Chan Pak-kun, a Police Public Engagement Office sergeant, testified that he saw Sung being hit only once.

Chan said he saw a fourth defendant, 27-year-old Sung Kwan-wo, hurl bricks at police at the entrance of Sai Yee Street Garden while yelling “corrupt cops and their families should all die”.

Chan said he ordered Sung to stop and later arrested him.

Sung’s attorney played several video clips to show there is no record of Chan telling Sung to stop or of Sung yelling. 

Chan had been standing all the way back in the seventh row behind the defense line, raising suspicion as to whether the conversation had really taken place.

Chan repeatedly said that he had heard Sung say that all corrupt officers should die and that he was “unable to explain” why it was not recorded.

He then admitted that he could not see any stones or bricks in the clip but added it was possible that they were “too small to be seen”.

The attorney said that Chan had falsely testified against the defendants as he had not seen them throw bricks nor interacted with them at all.

He then read out Chan’s previous testimony and pointed out that Chan had never mentioned Sung’s shouting previously.

In response, Chan said that he had made a mistake in his previous testimony.

In video footage provided by nowTV news, Sung is seen being attacked by four to five members of the Special Tactical Squad, Apple Daily reports.

Another officer, Wu Sai-cheong, said a third defendant, 47-year-old Chan Siu-kwan, was arrested on the grounds of “unlawful assembly”.

But another officer, Chiu Cheuk-wai, said he had arrested the same person on the grounds of “assaulting a police officer” after seeing him throw bricks.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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