Some people involved in the July 28 clashes face riot charges. Photo: Edmond So

Hong Kong riot charges pushed ahead in unprecedented hardline move as justice chief forgoes usual written advice

  • Teresa Cheng opted to give police verbal assent on prosecutions, which could end in 10-year sentences for 44 people
  • Move seen as seeking to deter further protests, amid allegations from prosecutors that political considerations are involved
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Some people involved in the July 28 clashes face riot charges. Photo: Edmond So
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Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.

Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung became a political journalist in 2007. He joined the Post in 2012 and now leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team on the Hong Kong desk. Tony also writes about the economy, and reports from mainland China, the United States, Germany and Britain.