Court orders MTR Corp to give student Aug 31 CCTV footage

March 18, 2020 17:46
The High Court on Wednesday ordered MTR Corporation to hand over the CCTV footage to Kex Leung, head of the Education University of Hong Kong's student union, within seven days. Photo: HKEJ

The High Court on Wednesday ordered MTR Corporation to hand over CCTV footage from two train stations to a university student who accused the police of assaulting him and other passengers during an operation against anti-government protesters last year.

Kex Leung Yiu-ting, head of the student union of the Education University of Hong Kong, had asked the court for the footage to help him pursue a civil case seeking damages from the police for alleged assault, unlawful arrest and false imprisonment.

He, however, will not be allowed to disclose the surveillance footage to the public, Leung said.

In what is known as a Norwich Pharmacal order, Judge Anderson Chow Ka-ming told MTR to hand over the CCTV footage from Prince Edward Station between 10:40 p.m. on Aug. 31 to 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 1 last year, and from Lai Chi Kok Station between 1:25 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sept. 1 last year, to Leung’s lawyers within seven days, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

Police have been accused of indiscriminately beating up people inside Prince Edward MTR Station on the night of Aug. 31 last year, and then transporting the injured to Lai Chi Kok MTR Station before they were sent to hospital for treatment.

Speaking to reporters outside the court on Wednesday, Leung said the ruling was just a small victory in his pursuit of a case against the police, adding that Hong Kong people need to be hopeful even if the rule of law in the city has been deeply challenged.

He said he and his legal team will study the footage and prepare for their next action. 

Leung said on the night in question, he was among the group of people who were trapped on an escalator at Prince Edward Station, where riot police assaulted passengers, hitting them with batons and pepper spray, and subduing them to the ground, RTHK reported.

He said he was arrested without being told why and was taken along with others on a train to Lai Chi Kok MTR Station before being driven to Kwai Chung Police Station.

Leung said he was only allowed to go to hospital at around 4 p.m. the following day, and was released unconditionally by the police on Sept. 2, according to the report.

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Police beat up MTR passengers at Prince Edward Station during an operation against anti-government protesters on the night of Aug. 31. Photo: TVB News