Lawmakers fear the legal principle that individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court may have been compromised by the two-week detention of the first person arrested over the celebrity sex photos scandal. They criticised police for bringing up the accused's involvement in a separate deception case, which they said might have influenced the decision of a magistrate to deny him bail. Chung Yik-tin, 29, who was accused of distributing obscene articles on the internet, was released after the Obscene Articles Tribunal ruled that pictures he had placed on a website were indecent but not obscene. Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee lashed out at the police and prosecution handling of the case. 'While Mr Chung was arrested and charged for distributing obscene articles on the internet, why would he be refused bail? And why did police and prosecutors tell the court that he was also involved in another deception case?' she asked at a meeting of the Legislative Council justice and legal services panel. 'He was not charged in the deception case. It was so unfair to him,' Ms Eu said, adding Mr Chung had still not been charged with deception. Lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing expressed concern that a person was presumed guilty when a prosecution was made. 'Hong Kong courts always respect the system that one is innocent before a judgment is made. But in this case I cannot see it and he was even thrown into custody as police said he was involved in another deception case,' she said. Assistant police commissioner Vincent Wong Fook-chuen admitted that it was the first time in his career that he had witnessed a man charged with distributing obscene articles being refused bail. 'But then we only tabled to the court what we found and it was for the judge to decide if bail should be granted,' he said. Deputy director of public prosecutions Ian McWalters agreed. 'He was not put into custody for deception, but on the charge of distributing obscene articles.' Eric Cheung Tat-ming, associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, said it was unfair for a defendant to be kept in custody for crimes that the police or prosecution suspected he committed but were not included in the charge. If a person were taken into custody under such circumstances, there would not be adequate compensation if he was proved innocent later, Mr Cheung said. 'And if, eventually, he is proved guilty of another charge, the sentence would not take into account his time in custody on the original charge.'