It was a big day for political commentator Raymond Wong Yuk-man. His new anti-Beijing newspaper hit the streets . . . and he appeared in court on a wounding charge. While the Mad Dog Daily marked its launch yesterday with an attack on Chinese premier Li Peng, its editor was at South Kowloon Court denying he had attacked a motorist on October 1 last year. And, for once, China was not to blame. The man known to millions through the media for his anti-communist views claimed his rights had been breached by a Hong Kong police officer. His defence counsel, Martin Lee Chu-ming QC, said Wong and businessman Francis Heung Wah-bor, 49, took part in identification parades when they did not have to. A chief inspector was accused of violating the Bill of Rights by making the pair to take part in the parades following an alleged assault. Wong, 45, faces one count of wounding while Heung denies charges of incitement to wound and criminal damage. Kevin Egan, defending Heung, said a police notice given to the suspects stated they had the right not to take part in such parades. 'They had the right given by law and they exercised their rights. But the chief inspector simply disregarded these,' the lawyer told the court when applying to disqualify the parade results. Prosecutor John McMaster later decided not to rely on the October 17 parades. The alleged victim, 32-year-old seafood wholesaler Lim Si-ching, told the court his BMW had overtaken a beige Mercedes when cutting from one lane to another outside the Cross Harbour Tunnel early on October 1. Inside the tunnel, he claimed, Heung hurled abuse at him from a blue Jeep. He recognised the businessman because he had seen Heung's picture in magazines. Mr Lim said the Jeep cut across the tunnel and overtook his car. The court heard that Mr Lim's car was soon sandwiched between the Jeep, the Mercedes and a van at traffic lights near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Heung is alleged to have got out of his Jeep and kicked the BMW before asking some men in the van to attack Mr Lim. The men then smashed the front and rear windscreens of the BMW, causing damage costing $30,000 to repair, the court heard. Mr Lim said he was then struck on the right ear by a mobile phone. When he turned round he saw Wong. The launch of the Mad Dog Daily was timed to coincided with the start of Wong's trial, which continues before magistrate Michael Holmes. Wong is reported to have spent $5 million on starting the paper, which will have an initial print run of 70,000. In a front-page comment in the launch issue, he said he would rather be a 'mad dog' than a 'mute'.