Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah will testify in court against the man who threw eggs at him during a community forum in North Point last year.
Derek Chan Tak-cheung, 25, pleaded not guilty to one count of common assault at Eastern Court yesterday. He allegedly flung two eggs at Tsang during the forum at Chan Shui Kui Hall on Java Road on December 7.
"I was sorry I didn't hit [Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying] so I decided to plead not guilty," said the League of Social Democrats member, who was not represented by a barrister yesterday.
He told the court he would hire a defence counsel from a law firm, but that his legal representative would not be available until August.
The prosecution will call on 11 witnesses, including Tsang, and present exhibits including footage from Cable TV.
Magistrate Bina Chainrai said that because of the long list of witnesses, she would hold a pre-trial review with Chan on August 4 to facilitate the hearings.
Hearings in court that took place before Chan's were occasionally disrupted by the ringing of mobile phones. At one point, Chainrai warned people in the public gallery to switch off their phones or have them confiscated until 4pm.
But when Chan stood before Chainrai, the phone of his fellow league member Tsang Kin-shing suddenly rang.
"Should I confiscate his phone?" the magistrate said with a smile as Tsang Kin-shing rushed out of the court room with his ringing phone.
"Yes, I think so," replied Chan, bursting into laughter.
Chan also expressed disappointment when he thought the financial secretary was not on the list of witnesses.
"[John Tsang] is actually PW1 [principal witness No1] on the list," Chainrai told Chan, who was released on bail.
Besides Tsang Kin-shing, Chan was accompanied by Koo Sze-yiu, another league member. Koo was one of those who took part in the party's morning protest during Tuesday's flag-raising ceremony to mark the handover anniversary.
Before leaving Eastern Court, the trio displayed a banner and shouted slogans, saying: "Throwing eggs is a reasonable way of protesting".