Scarf with localist slogan leads to senior's contempt conviction

Top News | Phoebe Ng 8 Mar 2018

An elderly woman has been convicted of contempt of court for wearing a yellow scarf that conveyed a political message during the riot trial of localist Edward Leung Tin-kei.

Wong Fung-yiu, 61, wore a scarf that had a localist slogan - "Restore Hong Kong's glory" -written on it. She was seen by a court clerk in the morning session.

This violated an order issued by Judge Anthea Pang Po-kam, who said on Tuesday that slogans were not allowed to be displayed in the court area in any way whatsoever.

Alerted by the clerk via a written note, Judge Pang halted the ongoing riot trial yesterday and called Wong to convict her of contempt of court.

Although Wong was granted bail, she will be banned from attending the trial until she is sentenced on March 29.

Wong, known to security personnel in the High Court, had already been banned from the court chamber.

However, from now, she will not be able to enter the fifth floor, where the lobby area has been used to live stream proceedings.

Wong claimed she was confused and unclear about the slogan that had been written on her scarf.

She also said she was a "low-end" old woman without money to hire a lawyer.

Interrupting her, Pang said: "I already ruled your action amounted to contempt of court. The sole consideration was the penalty."

Wong was escorted away by female security staff.

A mainland man was also banned from the chamber yesterday after allegedly taking pictures of the jurors, whose identities should be protected.

The judge was alerted about it after the session ended on Tuesday as jurors informed the judge in writing that they saw a man taking pictures of them.

Pang sealed the area and called police, who detained a man speaking Putonghua.

Although no photos could be found, the judge ordered that the man be banned from entering the courtroom.

Leung and four others have denied charges of rioting, inciting a riot and unlawful assembly relating to a Lunar New Year protest on February 8, 2016. The 60-day hearing continues today.

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