Court rejects appeal against Avery Ng sandwich-attack acquittal

Local | 23 Aug 2019 3:20 pm

Hong Kong's apex court decided not to hear a government appeal today against activist Avery Ng Man-yuen, affirming a lower court’s earlier decision to overturn his assault conviction for throwing a sandwich at the then-chief executive Leung Chun-ying in 2016.
Ng had originally been sentenced to a three-week prison term for assaulting a policeman – who had blocked the flying sandwich with his arm – but the conviction was overturned on appeal. 
Prosecutors tried to take the matter to the Court of Final Appeal, but judges refused to allow it after hearing arguments.
In dismissing the leave to appeal, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said the case involved a "frivolous" attack, and the court will give its full reasons for the rejection later.
Ng said outside the court that he is glad he won the case. But he criticized the government for spending years, and millions of dollars of public public money to pursue what he described as a ‘simple’ case without much legal merit.
Ng said this is an example of the government abusing the judicial process to try to “suppress protests.''

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