Occupy Central

Defence seeks ways to resolve activist's case

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 June, 2013, 4:38am

The trial of an Occupy Central volunteer arrested for her role in a 2011 protest was adjourned yesterday as the defence sought alternative ways to resolve the controversial case.

Melody Chan Yuk-fung - who faces one charge of organising a public meeting against the Public Order Ordinance and another of taking part in an unauthorised assembly on July 1, 2011 - appeared in Eastern Court yesterday morning.

Her lawyer asked the court to adjourn the case for three to four weeks as they were in discussion with the prosecution on other ways to resolve the case.

The prosecutor raised no objections.

Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the case to July 3. She also allowed Chan's bail to be extended.

The issue of whether the charges against Chan, 26, would be changed or dropped was not addressed in court yesterday.

The trainee solicitor had been volunteering in the Occupy Central movement - a plan to rally at least 10,000 protesters to blockade Central district next year to force the government to implement "genuine" universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election.

Chan had been helping to organise the civil disobedience movement's first "deliberation day", which will take place tomorrow to set the movement's agenda.

Three such D-Days have been planned by Occupy Central organiser Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, a law professor at the University of Hong Kong.

The first D-Day will be the smallest, comprising 500 supporters of Occupy Central and 100 members of the public invited randomly by the HKU Public Opinion Programme.

It is a decision-making process that advocates direct participation by citizens.