A team of control officers selected which hawkers they would arrest with the collective agreement of the hawkers themselves, a court was told yesterday. Six officers and a former colleague from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department are accused of intending to pervert the course of public justice. Assistant hawker control officers Wong Fu-wing and Mak Yee-shun, both 52, Sin Chi-hang, 36, Wong Fat-ng, 38, Lok Kwong-hung, 41, Lai Ka-chun, 24, and former officer Wan Sau-fan, 32, pleaded not guilty at the District Court yesterday. Licensed hawker Lee Yee told the court the control team had chosen which hawkers were to be arrested for causing obstruction in Marble Road, North Point, between January 28 and November 25, 1999, with the help of an unlicensed hawker, nicknamed Sun Gor. Testifying for the prosecution, Mr Lee, who was among those arrested, told the court that he and other licensed hawkers had volunteered to be arrested because the fine they would face was lower. Volunteers would be awarded a 'travelling fee' of up to $200, he said, a cost to be shared by the other hawkers. The court heard licensed hawkers arrested for causing an obstruction in the street would face a fine of between $300 and $500, while those unlicensed would be fined $800 to $1,000 and have their goods confiscated. Most of the hawkers arrested in this case were licensed, the court was told. Mr Lee said that as a licensed hawker, he was willing to offer to be a scapegoat and take the fall for the unlicensed hawkers. The trial continues today before Deputy Judge Garry Tallentire.