An elderly man who was arrested in connection with a January attack on pro-democracy lawmaker Nathan Law Kwun-chung insisted in a Hong Kong court on Monday that he had done no wrong.
The defendant, a 71-year-old surnamed Lau, told a judge that he shouldn’t face any punishment as he had merely stood up against a person who was advocating Hong Kong independence.
The comments came as hearings began on Lau and some other pro-Beijing supporters after they were slapped with charges following an incident at the Hong Kong airport early this year.
On January 8, Law was heckled and pushed around by a group of pro-China protesters as the young lawmaker returned from Taiwan after attending a political forum on the island.
Law, along with some other Hong Kong activists and lawmakers, had travelled to Taipei to participate in an event organized by New Power Party, a pro-independence political entity in Taiwan.
The trip prompted anger among Beijing supporters, who accused the activists of indulging in anti-national activities.
After Law, who is chairman of Demosisto party, returned from the trip, he was surrounded by pro-China protesters who raised slogans and engaged in physical scuffles.
Amid the chaos in the airport arrival hall, Law suffered bruises, prompting the activist to lodge a police complaint.
The police subsequently arrested Lau and some others and filed charges of illegal assembly and common assault.
Lau appeared before a judge on Monday and denied that he committed any offense.
During the court proceedings, Lau said he did not need an attorney or any pleading, as he has done no wrong in opposing people advocating Hong Kong independence.
The judge later adjourned the hearing to Friday following a request from the plaintiff’s lawyer, as there are four more defendants involved in the case.
Lau was released on bail of HK$500 and was ordered not to contact any witnesses.
According to Apple Daily, Lau is facing a single charge of unlawful assembly following the airport incident, while four others were facing twin charges of illegal assembly and common assault.
The other four defendants were identified as Ko, Tong, Lam and Kwong, with their ages ranging from 53 to 72.
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