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HKU council controversy

Second former HKU student leader charged over siege of governing council meeting

Former external vice-president Colman Li, 21, allegedly obstructed ambulance carrying council member Leonie Ki from leaving scene

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 9:20am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 9:20am

Another former leader of University of Hong Kong’s student union has been charged with obstruction for his alleged role in the siege of a university governing council meeting in January.

Former HKUSU external vice-president Colman Li Fung-kei, 21, received a summons for obstructing public officers in execution of their duty on Tuesday morning when he went to Western Police Station with a lawyer.

He will appear in Eastern Court on August 16.

Former University of Hong Kong student leader charged over siege of governing council meeting

Li was said to have obstructed an ambulance carrying council member Leonie Ki Man-fung, who felt sick during the siege, from leaving the meeting venue on HKU’s Sassoon Road campus in Pok Fu Lam on January 26.

Police approached his residence on July 20, but failed to reach him, as he was in Taiwan.

On the same day, former student union president Billy Fung Jing-en, 22, was arrested for his alleged role in the siege.

Fung was later charged with one count of criminal intimidation and its alternative charge of disorderly conduct in a public place, plus another count of criminal damage and one of attempted forcible entry.

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On January 26, chaos erupted on the HKU campus as students angry about governance issues besieged the council meeting.

About 200 student protesters surrounded the venue, refusing to let new council chairman Arthur Li Kwok-cheung and university vice-chancellor Peter Mathieson leave.

Police said a glass door, a smoke door, a guard booth and four lamp posts were damaged during the incident.

Three women were taken to Queen Mary Hospital, including council member Ki.