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Hong Kong localism and independence

Hong Kong localist leader and pro-Beijing newspaper reporter both see fight charges dropped

Prosecution opts to offer no evidence against the two over their MTR brawl

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 January, 2017, 11:52am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 January, 2017, 11:52am

Hong Kong localist leader Edward Leung Tin-kei was bound over for HK$1,000 in Eastern Court on Friday after the prosecution decided to offer no evidence on one count of fighting in a public place against him and a pro-Beijing newspaper journalist.

Magistrate Chu Chung-keung dismissed the charge against Leung and Ta Kung Pao reporter Lo Wing-yin, who is also to comply with a bind-over order over the next 12 months.

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In August, Leung, leader of Hong Kong Indigenous, was seen in a heated verbal exchange with the reporter inside Tai Koo MTR station. The exchange involved foul language and violence.

The court heard on Friday that Leung and Lo had both sustained minor injuries in the brawl.

Lo later reported the incident at Chai Wan police station and claimed he had been assaulted, resulting in Leung’s arrest on December 16. The journalist was arrested four days later.

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On Friday, after confirming with prosecutors that they did not wish to pursue the charge, Chu asked the pair whether each accepted the conditions of binding over.

“Yes,” Leung said. Lo followed with the same answer.

Each man is prohibited from engaging in acts of violence over the coming 12 months.

The two left the court separately without saying anything.